onsdag 2 juli 2008

A Tale of Obsession

In an attempt to make this blog cover many diverse topics, here's a movie review.

Zodiac (2007)

When David Fincher returns after a few years without releasing a new feature film, he does so with what might just be his best work so far.

The plot revolves around the murders by the Zodiac Killer, and the people who are trying to find him. There are some similarities to one of Fincher's early films, Se7en, but there are differences as well. In Se7en the focus was on the aftermath of several murders, here we focus on the fear and reactions of the people who found themselves involved in the Zodiac Killer case.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, you should be warned that it contains one scene which I found really uncomfortable, and I generally consider myself relatively jaded when it comes to movies with acts of violence.

I think that this movie deals more with obsession than the actual Zodiac Killer case. The characters involved with the case constantly find themselves coming up empty when looking for answers, even though they do find many connections between a select few suspects and the killer. However, please remember that circumstantial connections isn't seen as very strong evidence.

The two reporters who find themselves looking for clues - Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith - gradually build an obsession that chips away at what they once had, their versions of normal everyday life. They aren't the only ones who are affected in this way, but their stories show this consequence most clearly.

Acting performances by the lead characters were really good throughout the film. While entertaining isn't the first word I'd use to describe this film, I'd certainly recommend others to watch it.

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