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Zodiac Zodiac
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Jake Gyllenhaal
Robert Downey Jr.
Mark Ruffalo
Anthony Edwards
Elias Koteas
Chloe Sevigny
Brian Cox

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Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 157 min
Rating: R

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, Zodiac is a superbly crafted thriller from the director of Se7en and Panic Room. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chloe Sevigny, Zodiac is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man's desire to kill and another's quest for the truth.

Quick Review:
Sometimes it's hard to go into a movie that's based on a true story when you know that the true story was a murder case and you know it was never solved. I didn't want this to be like some frustrating episode of "America's Most Wanted" where I'd never know what happened and I'd spend lots of useless time thinking about some unsolved murder that didn't affect me in any way. To my happy surprise, "Zodiac" isn't really so much about the murders as it is about the men trying to solve it.

Of course, it starts off with a murder - a poor and unsuspecting couple parked out in the middle of nowhere (well, only the girl dies, but you get the idea). Soon, there are mysterious letters with creepy codes coming into "The San Francisco Chronicle," and someone calling himself the Zodiac Killer is terrorizing California. Enter reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.) and cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhall), both of whom find themselves being dragged deeper and deeper into the killer's world. On the other side of the coin, Homicide detective Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) works the police angle, finding himself equally drawn into a case with ever-changing leads and no solid suspects. As decades pass and the case remains unsolved, each man must come to grips with what that uncertainty means to him.

With this cast, even if they were saddled with a bad script and a mediocre director, they'd still pull off a watchable movie. Neither, however, is the case, and even at a daunting 157 minutes, "Zodiac" is a gripping, well planned movie that takes us along as Graysmith, Avery, and Toschi - and many others, grasp at lead after slippery lead. The passage of time and lack of resolution are frustrating to these people, and in a testament to director David Fincher, along with Downey, Gyllenhall, and Ruffalo, they make it frustrating to us too, but not in a bad way. I was carried along the twists and turns of the case because I cared about the people who cared about the case.

Now, this is usually where I would talk about the insightful commentary, the Making Of documentaries, the exclusive interviews with real life Zodiac people - all that will be on the Director's Cut in 2008. This version has no Extras, unless you count the Previews as Extras, which I don't.

In Conclusion:
The three main actors made this movie for me, and I'm always a sucker for a well-done crime movie. For the film itself, I'd say this is a good rental, but if you want more than just the main event, hold out for 2008 to buy the Director's Cut.

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