In the 1960s and 1970s, San Francisco and its surrounding area was terrorized by a serial killer who later referred to himself as ""The Zodiac Killer"" in letters to the San Francico Chronicle and phone calls. Sending cryptograms and other coded messages, the identity of the killer fascinated and terrified the public - and is still unsolved to this day.
Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) was a cartoonist at The Chronicle who became obsessed with the case and dedicated his time to solving the riddles. Forming a working relationship with the reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jnr), a target of some of the killer's attention, they both must battle their own demons to catch the monster.
Our Rating: 5/10 - if it was more punchy and shorter, could have been a great movie. End sequence is really good.
Watchability: 2/10 - maybe a bit harsh. If you skip over the boring bits, it's good.
Contributed By: Jordan Taylor
Tagline: Based on the true story of America's most notorious serial killer.
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Runtime: 237
- Budget: $65,000,000
- Revenue: $33,080,084
- Production: Paramount Pictures
More of a documentary than a thriller like the Director's earlier movie Seven -- and after a very long 2 and a half hours it gives a best guess as to who the writer thinks the killer was - and its one of the poorest, anti-climactic endings you'll ever see.
After the genuinely-scary basement scene, Jake discounts that guy as the killer and concentrates on the man who looks like Kevin from The Office: An American Workplace. Obsessed with the case, his family leave him and he lives a paranoid, lonely life in his studio apartment tormented by calls that we assume are from the killer.
To get some closure, he walks into Kevin's shop while he is serving a customer and just stands there. They exchange a stare, and then he leaves. That's it. He can live his life as he has now 'met' the killer.
At the end it tells us that Jake received calls on a regular basis - but they all ended when Kevin the Killer died from a long-term illness.