Directed by David Fincher • 2007 • United States
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.
David Fincher’s riveting, meticulously constructed procedural centers on the true story of the notorious serial killer known as the Zodiac who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the intense manhunt he inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal leads an outstanding ensemble cast as Robert Graysmith (whose book of the same name provides the basis for the film), a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle who is drawn into the investigation after his paper receives a cryptic letter from the Zodiac. What plays out is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man’s desire to kill and another’s quest for the truth.