A more thoughtful David FIncher depicts the obsession of crime
Zodiac, is a film that was made by David Fincher, the great director who has made several other great movies, such as Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, The Social network and even the 2011 version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now, David FIncher is known for his usual dark subject matter, and Zodiac most certainly has it, but what is missing here from many of his others films, is the over complicated sense of violence, brutality and savageness. I am not saying hat this is even his best film, because it definitely is not, but I am saying that this may actually be his most thoughtfully, careful film. He avoided a lot of flashy visual tricks that made Fight Club such a brilliant cerebral masterpiece, he avoided the gruesome twists and turns and the stomach-churning conclusion that he depicted in Seven, and he even kept the pace fairly relaxed and not frantic, unlike Panic Room. And, speaking of the pace, and considering that this film is 157 minutes long, it really does keep the whole thing casual, letting the great performances of Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., who become so obsessed with the infamous 60's and 70's Zodiac killing in San Francisco, that there whole live become based on finding the man responsible for the crimes. So, as good as it is, this is a fairly solid R Rating: There is infrequent but strong violence, including several scenes of the zodiacs innocent victims being brutally killed, with shots to the had and brutal stabbings and always with lot's of blood. Also fairly disturbing, are several scenes of the killer just plainly stalking innocent people, which may also be a bit much for younger audiences. Also, there is frequent drug and alcohol use, with several characters frequenting bars, and drinking occasionally to the point of inebriation. And,finally,. there is moderate but strong profanity, as well, including several uses each of f--k, sh-t, hell, g-dd-mn, christ, jesus, screw and crap. So, if you are a David Fincher fan, and you have enjoyed his previous entries, or maybe you are just interested in the infamous Zodiac killings, than I think this is definitely worth a watch. Reccomended.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking