There have been many films about this guy who just wanted to be famous, that is absolutely what this guy was about nothing deeper regardless of what any one says. Some killers do it for fun some do it because they are truly deranged and need some help. This guy did it to be famous that is all; sending the letters off to the newspapers and NAMING HIMSELF are signs of this. If he was real about it he would have made sure he killed every one, a couple of his victims lived and he just walked away, some eerie killer [no disrespect to any of the victims or their families who I am sure found him very eerie. Any way with that out of the way I must say that this is a pretty good film about this coward who named himself. I think most fans of this kind of film would enjoy it.
Naturally the movie is about the Zodiac [self named] and the killings and not so fatal attacks he did in California during his time there. The movie though is mainly about the inspector who was after him and a cool new take on it using the man's son. This is the most interesting thing about this movie to me, following the son and how the case was taking its toll on him. Inspector Matt Parish and his family are impacted like crazy by this guy and his son Johnny starts to feel like he is connected to this case just as much as his father. Of course the inspector's wife Laura is arguably feeling it the most as far as the family unit goes, her husband seems to be letting this take him over.
Writer/director Alexander Bulkley and his brother Kelley Bulkeley it seems have done their homework since this movie sticks to as many facts as they could fit into their story. The movie moves along nicely and actually feels like it ends a bit early so maybe there could have been more added. Still the direction is good and the script seems good since the film did feel believable. Still I think the cast is what makes this movie interesting and it was really interesting to see a new Culkin. Rory Culkin plays Johnny Parish the son of our lead detective and feels believable in the role. It was just crazy at the time when this first came out to see a new Culkin in this type of film, although the more famous one did "Party Monster" which is another true story about murder.
Aside from him we also have Justin Chambers as his father Inspector Matt Parish who does a good job as well; his scenes with his wife in particular are great. I like how he played the obsession out gradually getting deeper and deeper into it. And speaking of his wife that part is played by Robin Tunney and she as well does a great job especially during scenes involving the family going crazy. The rest of the cast who are all familiar faces all do good jobs on this movie but it still seems a little short are something to me. Maybe I need to watch it again and re-rate it if I feel the need.
This is a good movie and is definitely worth the time to watch it maybe a rental or if you are into this type of film a purchase. It stays with the facts as much as possible but of course some things are changed to fit the story but over all good. This is a 3.5 to maybe a 4 star film so you may like it, check it out. Oh and unlike other Zodiac films that actually show his face and give him a character that was actually a suspect this movie is very different. You never get to see his face since the case was never actually solved.
This is a good movie and is definitely worth the time to watch it maybe a rental or if you are into this type of film a purchase. It stays with the facts as much as possible but of course some things are changed to fit the story but over all good. This is a 3.5 to maybe a 4 star film so you may like it, check it out. Oh and unlike other Zodiac films that actually show his face and give him a character that was actually a suspect this movie is very different. You never get to see his face since the … more
I should have been more skeptical. The zodiac, on DVD, at Woolworths, for £4.97, when the film is still on release at the cinema? Of course it isn't the same film. The production values are good enough to make you think that it nonetheless might be, but a few things didn't quite hang together (careful - there are some sort-of-spoilers in here): * The cheesy incidental music, which sounded like it came straight from the William Peter Blatty school for freaky music; * … more
While ZODIAC is in the theaters and people want a sneak preview of what to expect from that film with Jake Gyllenhaal, this little version called THE ZODIAC is available and has some merit. The search for the still unknown serial killer of the late 1960s in the bay area is a creepy enough story that it is difficult to imagine a telling of it would not make us shiver. This film directed by Alexander Bulkley and written with the director's brother Kelley Bulkeley (sic) keeps a fairly low key and while … more
Pros: Great performances as far as it went. Cons: Did dig deep enough into the story; left with more questions, than answers. The Bottom Line: When all is said and done The Zodiac is a movie that should never have been made because it is a (very) incomplete narrative. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The trailers for The Zodiac promised a movie that would dig deep into the story of the … more
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This psychological thriller claims to be based on the real-life terror inflicted on a small town by a crazed serial killer targeting teen sweethearts. As detective Matt Parish tries to track down the madman responsible for killing many of his local community's young people the killer (who calls himself Zodiac) leaves clues that suggest his next victim may be one of Parish's own loved ones