Friday, July 4, 2014

On the Edge of your Seat

ZODIAC (2007)

Produced By: Paramount, Warner Bros and others
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey, Jr., Candy Clark and others
Pros: Gripping suspense, good acting, good (true?) story
Cons: The ending was an anti-climax
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

Ah, serial killers, the staple diet of thriller-enthusiasts the world over! Add to that the typical mix of bad policing and the underdog and you have a story. of course, the fact that it is (supposedly) based on a true story makes is all the better - such is the recipe for Zodiac, a thrilling story based in California that has some nail-biting moments when you want to hide your face, swearing never to sleep with the lights off!

The strongest point of the movie is its ability to build suspense and let the steam off progressively, although never too much. Full points to the director for that. The entire cast puts up a good show, although it is Jake Gyllenhaal who deserves top credits for his performance as a cartoonist-turned-detective who might have possibly solved the case of the Zodiac serial killer, who haunted the streets of Sacramento and adjacent counties for over a decade and was never caught for want of clinching evidence.

The only downside to this movie is the ending. True, it is based on a true story, but I just don't like ti when the director leaves you hanging in the air while the credits are showing, wondering what just happened. A movie must be complete and leave the viewer with a satisfying story, not a deep mystery. Together with the fact that it was unnecessarily long, coming in at about 150 minutes, put a dent in its armor. Nonetheless, a good watch. (OTFS)

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