Original story by Robert Graysmith
The Zodiac killer is as unknown today as he was in the 70's. The film The Zodaic, portrayed just how unknown he was to everyone that has touched the case. This is why the film is by far one of my favorite suspense movies of all time.
The Zodiac was directed by David Fincher (Zodiac the movie, 2007) and is based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book. David Fincher had directed many great films including Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network and The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. All of those films in my opinion are cult classics. Without a doubt David Fincher is a great director
The film stars big named actors like Robert Downey Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo. These 3 big names is a reason in its self to watch The Zodiac. Many movies fail to draw excitement to a movie solely based on not having enough big names. The story though, is the biggest draw for this particular film.
The movie begins with the so called Zodiac killing his second target at lovers' lane in Vallejo, California. He shoots a couple in there car then leaves the scene. Luckily the male is able to live while the female dies due to the gun shots. One month later The Zodiac sends a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle stating he is the killer. This is where Jake Gyllenhaals and Robert Downey Jr's characters comes into play
Robert Graysmith played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle. When The Zodiac sent the letter to the Chronicle, he also sent a encrypted letter with it. Robert Graysmith was interested from the start in the case and was really interested int the encrypted letter. As he was a cartoonist for the Chronicle, he was not taken serious. He was shot down on trying to help solve the mystery of The Zodiac. It wasn't until he cracked part of the encrypted code that Paul Avery played by Robert Downey Jr started sharing information with Graysmith....