A technically competent film but it lacks dynamism with split narrative focus and a flitting timeline that may well propel the clock forward (with seemingly endless date captions) but reduces the story to a rather bitty affair with no real interest established in the protagonists or situation (despite the cipher codes and inevitable investigation). All curiously unexciting.
Set of Existentialist themes similar to those in Dürrenmatt's novella 'The Pledge'. Almost three hours of oppressively complex procedural detail, ending in darkness. That is, if you failed to observe the other film, hidden in plain sight. One of the best in recent memory.
Just a damn good, slow burning film about obsession. Both the killers and the investigators. Fincher was a perfect choice to direct this. I've never seen a film of his where the screenplay so closely matches what his sensibilities are (this is more grounded >> more unnerving than SEVEN).
Adaptation d'un sanglant fait divers, l'épuisante oeuvre de Fincher est loin de soulever l'enthousiasme auquel on aurait pu espérer. Certaines scènes s'étirent inutilement et leur fatigante prolongation n'apporte strictement rien à l'intrigue. Des longueurs donc, pesantes et fastidieuses, mais aussi un réel manque de densité psychologique pour la plupart des acteurs qui parcourent le récit. www.cinefiches.com
This really could have sucked, been totally boring, or been an incredulously myopic wankfest over a serial killer (seriously, what the fuck people). 'Zodiac' managed to not bog itself down in legal blah blah jargon or romanticize the killer (IT WAS YOU, ARTHUR); he's bad, but so are other people involved in this narrative. The victims are also not written as statistics à la Investigation Discovery, which is nice.
This is one has got some of the most frightening and tense moments I've seen on film. The unescapable feel of the killer's threat and the reality to it in some scenes is utterly gripping. Amazing photography, it's a marvel to watch. Fincher keeps you vunerable and paranoid. Great perfomances all around. An extra star just for that beautiful looking burguer!