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Posted by martinteller on September 8, 2007

Fincher’s best film since Se7en, the gripping true story (I assume they got most of the facts right) of the hunt for the Zodiac killer.  Primarily it focuses on a cartoonist’s single-minded obsession to solve the case.  I get the feeling that Gyllenhall plays it a little quirkier than he needs to, but it works.  You get drawn into his desire to meet the killer, look him in the eye, and know that it’s him.  Fincher’s most interesting touch is the way he amps up the background noise, which adds a layer of uneasiness to the film (although it occasionally makes the dialogue difficult to hear).  Overall, it’s a little longer than it needs to be, and it’s not a masterpiece or anything.  But it’s quite engaging, well-constructed, and makes good use of its cast.  Rating: 8


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