It’s an A for Zodiac

David Fincher’s edge-of-the-seat thriller Zodiac recreates history so brilliantly, it deserves an ‘A’.


“I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn’t tell you.”

In the 1960’s and 70’s in and around San Francisco, there was a serial killer on the loose who called himself ‘the Zodiac. He taunted the police and the press alike with cryptic letters and signs left at his crime scenes. A perfect scenario for director David Fincher, whose masterful thriller from 2007, brings together 3 very different men who all became obsessed with catching the Zodiac killer: there’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist and puzzle solver; Robert Downey Jr.’s Paul Avery, a journalist; and Mark Ruffalo’s Dave Toschi, a San Francisco policeman.

With Fincher’s meticulous attention to detail, we watch absolutely gripped by these events and in the Guardian’s regular series on how history is presented on film, Zodiac is brilliantly deconstructed, analysed and applauded. Take a look…

why Zodiac ticks all the boxes

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