Dave White
The Zodiac Review

Dave's Rating:


… like watching an episode of Law & Order.

Who's in It: Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin, William Mapother

The Basics: In the late 1960s, all the way through the 1970s, the Zodiac Killer claimed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 30 people. He caused widespread panic and fear and was never caught. This movie is mostly about the detective who becomes obsessed with catching him. So it's kind of like watching an episode of Law & Order.

What's the Deal? Could they have maybe avoided the I-Hack-People-to-Pieces signifiers? This is one of those serial-killer movies in which the voice of the killer sounds like a super-dignified guy, like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, all measured and borderline effete. And he listens to opera. The way movies go on about opera and murderers, you'd think that half the people in the audience at any production of Madame Butterfly have bodies buried under their houses.

Actors Given Not Much of Anything to Do: Robin Tunney and Philip Baker Hall. Rory Culkin's role is meatier than either of theirs.

Nerve; They Have It: The final sentence of the movie, uttered by the smooth-talking Zodiac himself, is "I'm waiting for a good movie about me."

See Also: The Zodiac Killer, a 1971 exploitation film about the same guy that earns fun points for silly ineptitude and lurid delivery. Jake Gyllenhaal will star in another Zodiac movie soon.


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