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Zodiac 2007 123movies

Zodiac 2007 123movies

There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer.157 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith’s book, the movie’s focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people.
Plot: The true story of the investigation of the “Zodiac Killer”, a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
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Zodiac 2007 123movies 1Zodiac 2007 123movies 27.7/10 Votes: 499,974
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Peerless precision from Fincher.

I have seen it written that this film shows that Fincher had grown up, and whilst I understand that train of thought, it simply isn’t true. What Fincher has done is give a true story his meticulous care and standard deft precision by leaving no stone unturned. We get simply one of the (if not thee) best films to deal with the investigating process of a high profile serial killer, a film that as a character study is actually essential viewing in the pantheon of genre productions.

The devilish greatness of this film is in the fact that it can’t pay off with a pandering mainstream ending, the makers are telling a true story and any sort of research will lead viewers to the fact that there is no twist here, no joyous ticket selling round of applause at this ending, it is what it is, frustratingly brilliant. The case the film is about consumes all involved with it, and to see how it affects those involved is engrossing (yet sad) because if the viewer is so inclined to jump on board then it will consume you as well, the film and the actors within demand you see this for the affecting character piece it is.

The acting here gives me hope that classic acting is alive and well in this generation, I was once not enamoured with Mark Ruffalo in his early days as an actor, but here he puts such heartfelt verve into the role of David Toschi I felt I need to send him a written apology!. Robert Downey Junior is joyous as Paul Avery, all 60s chic and swagger without tipping over the edge of the mountain caricature (both men to become future Avengers of course). Yet surprisingly to me I found that it is Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Graysmith who is the film’s key axis, the central heartbeat, with a performance that demands undivided attention, a performance brought about by Fincher’s quest for perfection from everything to do with film making. Gyllenhaal hated working on the film, he hated Fincher’s work ethic, but in time he must now look back and see that here the director coaxed out a performance that has in time been seen as not only great, but also beneficial to his career (hello Nightcrawler).

This is not Se7en 2, and British film mags like Empire should have known better than to use that tag line to get the readers’ attention, because fans of serial killer thrillers need not apply here, fans of outstanding cinema about the human psyche during the pursuit of a serial killer – Well get in line folks, for this is one of the best movies of the decade. 10/10

Review By: John Chard Rating: 9 Date: 2019-05-28
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If you’ve been following me closely for the past week, I’m currently (re)watching five of David Fincher’s films in preparation for his next movie, Mank, which premieres on Netflix in a couple of weeks. I’ve already revisited Se7en and Fight Club, two iconic films that not only profoundly impacted filmmaking but also our culture. However, Zodiac isn’t one of Fincher’s most popular movies, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I’m watching it for the very first time. Based on a real story, Fincher’s first non-fiction adaptation is also one of the longest films of his career. I didn’t know anything about the true events before watching this movie, which leads me to the biggest compliment I can offer to this type of film.

There are hundreds of characteristics that a viewer can observe, analyze, and through them, ultimately form an overall opinion about a movie. Nevertheless, when it comes to cinematic adaptations of a true story, there’s always one aspect that I value tremendously, which is how much the film convinces me to research about its story after I finish watching it. Truth is, midway through Zodiac, I started to acknowledge its lengthy duration. Don’t be mistaken. It’s not what people call a “slow movie”, much on the contrary. It’s long, yes, but it’s packed with non-stop, rapid-fire dialogues that Fincher himself asked the actors to speed up so that the runtime wouldn’t stretch even more.

Throughout the entire film, I feel the exact same manner as the main characters. For the first hour or so, the case is ramping up, the murders increase in quantity, new developments emerge, just like new suspects, letters, ciphers, and everything that comes with dealing with this serial killer. During this period, I feel extremely captivated, but then comes a phase where the characters themselves start to give up due to the lack of concrete evidence to finally convict a suspect. I feel the frustration, depression, and even the infuriating absence of a clear path to the killer. However, Robert Graysmith’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) obsession with the case starts becoming my own, and the last thirty minutes are incredibly stressful, frightful, and enthusiastic.

Zodiac possesses 157 minutes, mostly consisting of talking and only a couple of stylish, slow-motion murder scenes, so obviously, this is a dialogue-driven narrative. James Vanderbilt’s screenplay is packed with detailed characterization, extensive conversations, and from what I could gather, an impressive historical accuracy. Fincher and Vanderbilt prove their unbelievable commitment with the mind-blowing preparation for this flick, which basically included an entirely unique investigation on the real case (interviewing the people who give life to the movie’s protagonists, family members, police departments, witnesses, etc.). Yet another evidence that supports the importance of the pre-production phase in filmmaking.

So, in case I forget to answer my own question, Zodiac achieved its primary mission. As soon as the film ended, I found myself googling everything about the real case, trying to find out new information, obsessed with the intriguing story. It doesn’t even matter if the viewer loves the movie or not, its impact is undeniable since most people will feel the same urgency to understand more about the real case. Two other attributes deeply contribute to this result: the cast and the editing. The latter is performed by Angus Wall, and his work is some of the best film editing I’ve ever witnessed. It’s the main reason why the huge runtime feels adequate and why the narrative moves so well. No wonder almost every job of his got so many award nominations.

Finally, the actors are all extraordinary. Mark Ruffalo (Dave Toschi), Anthony Edwards (Bill Armstrong), Robert Downey Jr. (Paul Avery), and Jake Gyllenhaal portray distinct, well-developed characters who deal with the case in their own way. Obsession is definitely the fundamental social theme present in the movie, depicted differently with each character. Armstrong completely moves on and never looks back. Toschi tries to forget, but he can’t accept that he failed to do his job. Avery develops a mental condition and/or addiction due to its inability to deal with the pressure, stress, and frustration of reporting the case. Graysmith lets his total obsession over Zodiac impact his personal life, affecting his family in the process.

Fincher is able to represent each and every one of these behaviors in an astonishingly realistic fashion. The use of long uninterrupted takes helps the conversations flow better, and the simple, non-distracting camera work from Harry Savides lets the viewer focus on who they’re listening to. It’s one of those films which I can’t really point out direct flaws. There’s that period during the second act where I start to feel tired and worn out, and despite the irreprehensible dedication to providing every single bit of knowledge about the actual events, it’s still an enormous amount of information to process, which made me feel a bit lost occasionally. Fortunately, the movie ends strongly, culminating in a simple yet powerful exchange of looks.

All in all, Zodiac gains the most generous praise that a film based on a true story can ever receive from me. James Vanderbilt’s screenplay convinced me to research everything about the real events as soon as the movie finished, which is undeniably an impactful effect of watching such a well-written, captivating narrative with well-developed, authentic characters. David Fincher’s commitment to being as historically accurate as possible is visible on-screen, a remarkable result of a massive preparation that very few filmmakers would even think about performing. With some of the best editing work in the history of cinema, the lengthy runtime flows better than expected, but the amount of information to digest is overwhelming and tiresome, dropping the levels of entertainment, especially during a certain period of the second act. Nevertheless, a phenomenal third act, three outstanding performances from Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Jake Gyllenhaal, and an emotionally compelling, realistic approach to extreme obsession turn the entire film into one of the best of its genre. Another massive recommendation from this side.

Rating: A-

Review By: msbreviews Rating: 8 Date: 2020-11-23
As interesting and as tedious as a thirty-year unsolved case
*This comment may contain spoilers, but I tried to be as vague as possible, and I think that this movie actually improves if you more or less know the ending.*

When David Fincher’s ZODIAC opens with the year “1969” on the screen, a colorful wide angle shot of California, and a song from “Hair” on the soundtrack, we think we know what we are in for: an atmospheric historical epic. Then the film’s first murder happens, and we are at the San Francisco chronicle with Jake Gyllenhall and Robert Downey, Jr., just recognizable enough under their period garb.

We see three other murders or almost-murders within the first 1 1/2 hours of this 2 1/2 hour movie, and they are terrifying in a way that few movie murders are: this is one of the only movies that succeeds at making you identify with the victims, and the murder scenes contain enough gore to be convincing but not so much gore that it becomes its own aesthetic, as in other Fincher films.

But ZODIAC is so long that eventually, the murders fail to keep our attention. The movie makes so many leaps through time and recounts so many investigations that lead nowhere, it is easy to forget that it began as an exciting movie.

One could easily argue that the movie has a right to be so uneventful because it is a “realistic” reflection of police procedure and of, well, reality. It is, but one can’t help but think, With all the time-lapsing that goes on (it constantly jumps months ahead in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and then jumps from ’73 to ’77 to ’83 to ’91), why couldn’t it skip more boring parts? The movie manages to be both too truncated and too thorough.

On a positive note, the digital cinematography by Harris Savides gives the film a consistently interesting look, which is something that many better movies don’t have. He gives the film the signature “Fincher” look: saturated pastels in the daytime and a vague yellow-green tint at night. The movie is visually interesting without being calling too much attention to itself, but it’s a shame that there’s not enough to watch. The actors are sufficient, but the movie has no protagonist and we don’t get to know anyone well enough – not even Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhall), who becomes the de facto main character half way through.

The friendship between Graysmith and Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.) – particularly a bar scene in which Graysmith introduces Avery to the merits of girly drinks – is interesting enough, but when Avery ceases to be a major character, we don’t get enough of an indication that Graysmith has a life outside of his obsession with the Zodiac case. That may have been the point, but it doesn’t work: there is nothing wrong with a plot that goes nowhere if the characters manage to hold our interest, but they don’t hold our interest for all 2 1/2 hours, and the movie itself seems to lose interest in Graysmith towards the end. ZODIAC has no pay-off, which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t such a plot-driven film.

Still, it has its moments that nearly redeem it. It’s a bit like a friend who tells long and meandering but enthusiastic stories: once you realize that his stories will always be too long, you can focus on the better parts. But his stories are still too long.

Review By: NumeroOne Rating: 6 Date: 2007-08-01
How could I have never heard of the Zodiac Killer until this came out?
Believe it or not, I had literally never heard of the Zodiac Killer until around the time that “Zodiac” got released in the theaters (cut me some slack; I was born many years after the killings took place). So, now I’ve seen the movie portraying everything surrounding the murders. I have to say that it’s a really good movie. It focuses less on the murders themselves than on the investigations. The main character is actually Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. I, for one, was amazed at how he and the cops discovered the various patterns and clues. Therefore, maybe it helps if you nothing about the Zodiac Killer: everything in the movie is more of a surprise. As for the murderer’s actual identity…well, in case you don’t know the story, I won’t spoil it.

Aside from Gyllenhaal, there are other people doing great roles here. Robert Downey Jr. plays Graysmith’s cohort Paul Avery. Avery sees his responsibility as a reporter, but personal problems impede his work; he’s the type of wretch whom you can’t help but admire. Mark Ruffalo plays cop Dave Toschi. Toschi is intent on solving the case and doesn’t want the press interfering, but understands that he has to put up with the media. Also starring are Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Philip Baker Hall, Donal Logue, Chloe Sevigny, James LeGros and Candy Clark (I assume that she’s the same Candy Clark who starred in “American Graffiti”).

All in all, I recommend this movie very much. I got the feeling that the tension between Graysmith and Toschi mirrored the tension that must have taken over San Francisco surrounding the murders. And as a side note, we get to hear some great music (e.g., Donovan’s “Hurdy-Gurdy Man”). A very good movie indeed.

Review By: lee_eisenberg Rating: 10 Date: 2007-08-05

Other Information:

Original Title Zodiac
Release Date 2007-03-02
Release Year 2007

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 37 min (157 min), 2 hr 42 min (162 min) (director’s cut)
Budget 65000000
Revenue 84785914
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director David Fincher
Writer James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Country United States
Awards 4 wins & 72 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 ES, Zeiss Super Speed Lenses (high-speed shots), Thomson VIPER FilmStream Camera, Zeiss DigiPrime Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor Digital Intermediates, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 4,172 m (Portugal), 4,304 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 Expression 500T 5229), Uncompressed Digital (4:4:4)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), FilmStream 4:4:4 (source format), Super 35 (source format) (high-speed shots)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema

Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Zodiac 2007 123movies
Original title Zodiac
TMDb Rating 7.5 7,760 votes

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