It's been a case no one's been able to solve for nearly 35 years; the Zodiac killer has never been caught.
Unfortunately, I never caught on to the new film based on the San Francisco serial murders starring Jack Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo. David Fincher directed the two-hour and forty-seven minute movie - no, I'm not making that up. And after the film is over, the case is still not resolved.
Honestly, to put it bluntly, I was bored out of my mind throughout the entire film. I knew it was going to be long, but the film dragged so much. Robert and Jake play two writers at the San Francisco Chronicle - Robert, the crime reporter and Jake is the cartoonist. When a message first comes into the newspaper's office, both people become obsessed with the case and try to figure out who this crazy guy is.
Mark Ruffalo plays the lead SF detective on the case that spanned throughout the entire Bay area. If there's a positive, Mark is it - the case is definitely compelling, and Mark's pursuit of the killer really does keep you on edge. But, for one, there's not enough of his search; many times, Fincher shows him at the same intersection of Washington and Cherry (where one of the murders took place).
Just to give you a little background, in the late 1960's and early 1970's a madman went around the San Francisco area and killed innocent people. Mark's character of David Toschi has inspired the likes of Dirty Harry, Michael Douglas in The Streets of San Francisco, and Steve McQueen's Bullitt. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, who became so obsessed with the case, it ruined his marriage; he later wrote two very successful novels based on the case.
Back to the film, as with so many Fincher films, the focus is on everything else except for the acting; that is no exception with Zodiac. However, the pacing is so slow, you lose your interest very quickly. I'm a huge fan of Se7en and Fight Club - in fact, I would say, Fight Club is still one of my favorite films; both those films have excellent pacing and a style and a feel of absolute intensity. Again, the unfortunate part about this is the pacing is off; I really felt bored.
There were so many scenes at the Chronicle and at the police station that could have gone; the movie was two hours and forty-seven minutes, and never gets interesting. I also could have done without Jake and Chloe Sevigny's relationship - or lack there of. And like Chris Nolan, Fincher gives away his 'ending' too soon; it was a little too predictable. Don't worry, I'm not going to give away the ending, but it's pretty evident where the story is going - or not going - very early on.
Maybe if it was tightened just a little more, I could have gotten into it - I don't know. I think what it comes down to is I just didn't care about any of the people. And by the way, would Robert Downey stop playing these same freakin' over-the-top characters; it seems no matter what era it is, he's playing that flamboyant person.
Zodiac is one of these movies I would skip; it's too long, and doesn't accomplish anything.