Zodiac haunts audience


Carlee Smith, Staff Writer

For lovers of Criminal Minds and Dateline, this movie would be right up their alley.

The 2007 movie centers around the Zodiac serial killer. For those who don’t know, the Zodiac serial killer was active in the late 60s and terrified people along the western coastline.

He was never caught and his identity has still never been confirmed.

This movie is based on the true experiences of the reporter, detective, and cartoonist that had first-hand experiences with the Zodiac killer.

The movie is directed by David Fincher and stars notable fan-favorite actors: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The movie starts with a murder of a young woman. A few scenes later, the major newspapers of the San Francisco area receive a letter describing the details of the murder that occurred at the beginning of the movie with details that only the killer would know.

The author of the letter identifies himself as the murderer and refers to himself as the Zodiac. The Zodiac threatens to kill again if the puzzle included in his letter is not published on the front page of the newspaper.

Of course, the Zodiac keeps sending multiple letters with threats more chilling than the last. The detective, Mark Ruffalo, tries his best to uncover the identity of the Zodiac.

Meanwhile, the newspaper’s crime reporter, Robert Downey Jr., and cartoonist, Jake Gyllenhaal, try to get involved and solve the case themselves.

Unfortunately, the case goes cold and is put on the back burner, a few years later and the Zodiac killer simply becomes a bad memory. However, Jake Gyllenhaal’s character can’t stop thinking about the Zodiac and decides to write a book about him.

The book becomes an obsession as Gyllenhaal starts to put more and more pieces of the puzzle together.

Editorial: I’ll leave the ending of the movie a surprise for those unfamiliar with the Zodiac. Even if you are already familiar with the Zodiac killer’s history, this is still a gripping movie with great acting that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend to those who have nothing to binge this weekend.