David Fincher's(Fight Club, Panic Room, Se7en, Alien 3, The Game) newest based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.
"Technically" speaking this movies was amazing. Camera, direction, and especially acting was top notch and couldn't ask for more. Movies as far as movies it was awesome and I really enjoyed myself...I really did.
BUT...if I had to pick a downfall it would be this. I feel I have aged an entire year while watching this film. It exhausted me. I drove home in silence, no radio, and only my lonely thoughts. I was also very hungry. The movie spans from 1969-1993. You grow, age, and rot with the movie's characters.
For many, another flaw might be the many names, places, and faces of this movie. So many suspects, too many dead scenarios, and countless sub plots and frustrating brick walls. The movie becomes a blur while in retrospect things don't add up when you know they actually do. You see a face and didn't pay attention to the name because the face is in front of you. They repeat the name many times but you cant remember whose face they are talking about because you didn't pay attention to the name face combo because you were too easily associated with only the face. That was the complaint I kept hearing from the row behind me...which could be you.
So, with much more to be addressed this movie is an amazing achievement. Although it looks and feels like a Fincher movie it is far more different than anything he has ever done before. Could it be that our little visual effects assistant from the Return of the Jedi and Temple of Doom is finally growing up and making movie after movie that challenge him and push him to grow...dare I say...into another generation Martin Scores. Stay tuned for his next and as long has he doesn't make Panic room 2 I think we have a lot to look forward to.
If you like epic, long, driving, and patient films than I highly recommend. For the rest...