ZodiacSuggested by Brad Nelson • A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. This lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case is based on Robert Graysmith’s book. It was the basis for the first Dirty Harry movie.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This is currently streaming on Netflix (until February 1). It’s got a good cast. And this is more of a psychological thriller than a splatterfest.

    “Aw shucks” Boyscoutish Jake Gyllenhaal (his best moving thus far being “October Sky”…a fine film for Chris Cooper as well) is the SF Chronicle cartoonist who gets hooked on figuring out who the serial killer, known as “Zodiac,” is.

    Playing the main cops who are chasing Zodiac are Mark “The Hulk” Ruffalo and Anthony “ER” Edwards. Edwards is about what you’d expect. He seems a kind of clone of Kevin Costner. They both went to the same monotone school of diction. Ruffalo is amazingly comfortable in the role of a cop. In fact, many times he looked a bit like Columbo himself. If they ever do a modern movie remake of that character, you can already pencil in Ruffalo.

    Robert Downey Jr. plays Robert Downey Jr. (when does he not?). He’s a hard-drinking, antagonistic reporter. For the type of movie this it, it can certainly hold its own against other efforts. At 157 minutes, it’s fairly long but not ploddingly so.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I haven’t seen this, though I have seen Dirty Harry and its sequels. It would probably be more accurate to say that the murderer in that movie was at least partly inspired by Zodiac (a big fan of the story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell) rather than based on it. I can definitely recommend both of Graysmith’s books on Zodiac (the second discusses the likely culprit).

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