In the period of the 60s to 70s in San Francisco there had been a series of murder cases, the culprit known as the Zodiac Killer. Not only did the serial killer, the perpetrator also sent various messages to various newspapers including some secret codes regarding his actions as well as his identity. This case also eventually became one of the most famous cases in criminal history in America which is still unsolved. Not only is the case lengthy, the process of lifting the case to the big screen is also not easy. Taking the basis of the story from the Zodiac book written by Robert Graysmith, director David Fincher and screenwriter James Vanderbilt spent 18 months conducting in-depth investigation and research into the case. Zodiac also presents an interesting lineup of players ranging from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Rufallo to Robert Downey Jr. But actually without the need to be flooded with ensemble casts or appendages of true story adaptations, the fact that this is a thriller / criminal by David Fincher alone has made the film so tempting.
On July 4, 1969 Darlene Ferrin (Ciara Hughes) and Mike Mageau (Lee Norris) were attacked by a mysterious man while in the car. Darlene was killed while Mike managed to survive despite a gunshot wound. A month later the killer who called himself the “Zodiac” sent letters to several newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicles along with a secret code. The letter and code attracted the attention of many people including Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) who was a newspaper cartoonist. But with his position as a cartoonist no one paid attention to Robert’s opinions and analysis. But over time the perseverance and intelligence of Robert’s analysis, Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) who is a criminal columnist there became interested in sharing information about the case. On the other hand the Zodiac Killer is still in action and continues to send various letters to the media as well as the police. From the police itself there is Detective Dave Toschi (Mark Rufallo) assigned to investigate the case. But apparently the investigation that initially looked like an ordinary serial murder case continued to stalemate even for years.
This is David Fincher’s criminal thriller, so those who have previously watched films from the director know what can be expected to appear in this film. Zodiac is indeed a criminal thriller that emphasizes his story on the investigations carried out by each character and as Fincher has done in many of his films, Zodiac builds his story more through fast, solid dialogues spoken by his characters. Fincher as if trying to build everything through a line of dialogue whether it’s characterization, investigation, until the intense moments that are intended to put tension on the audience. Even when the film (again) has stunning visual quality, Fincher prefers to maximize dialogue rather than describing the tension from the graphic side. Besides Fincher’s good direction, it is fortunate that he has a range of actors who are very suitable to take on the role of building the film’s tension through long lines of dialogue. Robert Downey Jr. is one of the greatest actors when it comes to dialogue packaging and here he has managed to do it again even though it only has a small portion. Mark Rufallo is also not much different, and in fact Jake Gyllenhaal was a satisfying surprise for me. I never thought he would be able to play a character that emphasizes dialogue like this.
Games Online dan Offline Basically, the Zodiac Killer is a complex case with a large scale that involves so many people and occurs in a long time. In the end the audience was forced to continue to concentrate on following the sentence that was brought up by the character. Difficult to follow and run in a long enough duration is the biggest obstacle to being able to enjoy this film. I myself was overwhelmed in the middle of the film, but after trying to digest some parts anyway the mystery and investigation is not as complicated as that. It was David Fincher’s packaging that finally impressed Zodiac as a very complicated film. But again the greatness of Fincher managed to make these two and a half hours feel so dynamic and continue to run interesting along with the mystery after mystery that alternately emerged and revealed.
The Zodiac not only focuses on mere investigation but also provides quite interesting character studies. Each character has a hard time when they are immersed in their obsession with the Zodiac case. In the end they were faced with the consequences they had to accept as a result of investigating the case. The three main characters illustrate well how a great obsession and ambition is found in human beings. Maybe in some parts you will feel their motivation makes no sense, but that’s where the perfect picture of human obsession and ambition is sometimes difficult to explain with logic. Watching the Zodiac is like playing with a Matryoshka doll that never seems to run out.
The Zodiac summarizes so well the journey of about two decades from the most complicated case in history. Maybe in the end many will be disappointed in this film either because of David Fincher’s complicated packaging or because of the ambiguity that comes at the ending. As happened in the real world, not all truths and facts can actually be known. In the end the truth really lies with each individual, whereas if we talk about the truth in front of the legal authority then we will talk about another form again, which may never be revealed forever.