So has anyone else seen this fantastic film? I tried a search and was pretty surprised to see that there seems to be no discussion of the great David Fincher's latest. This movie was of specific interest to me as many of the events took place in and around my hometown of Vallejo, CA. Growing up the Zodiac was a bit of a local boogeyman to me and others around my age having been our only known local serial killer. For those who have yet to see the movie, I give it my highest recommendation. It's a fantastically directed film about a great true life mystery, and it manages to deliver on the creeps big-time while at the same time presenting the story in a thought provoking, real world style. I thought the scene with the female motorist near Modesto to be one of the scariest and most chilling scenes I've seen in film in quite a long time.
On a personal note, I distinctly remember as a child having visited the very same ACE Hardware store and around the same time-frame shown in the film as having been the workplace of the main suspect; the suspect the film does an outstanding job of finally convincing me was the true perpetrator of the Zodiac killings. I was left with a totally chilling sense that I may very well have come in contact on several occasions with a real life boogeyman as a child.
The film also does a singularly spectacular job of portraying a very specific point in time. Everything from the set design to the casting choices to the costume design to the dialog manages to totally convince that what we are seeing takes place in the real world of the nineteen sixties/seventies Bay Area. I can think of few if any other films that have managed to capture the feeling of a time and place so completely and successfully as David Fincher does in Zodiac. I am almost willing to go on record predicting this movie for at least the best costume design Oscar for this year.
The cast was top-notch as well. I was specifically impressed with Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal and I was very pleased to see Anthony Edwards again as well.