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by J.D. Lafrance

After the technically accomplished but ultimately hollow thriller Panic Room (2002), director David Fincher returned to familiar subject matter with Zodiac (2007), a dramatization of the murders perpetuated by the infamous serial killer known as the Zodiac Killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With Se7en (1995), Fincher seemed like an obvious choice to direct this film but those expecting a rehash of the former would be disappointed. With Zodiac, he faced the daunting challenge of making an exciting thriller that ran two hours and forty minutes long and where the killer was never caught. He does this by focusing on the people who investigated the case and how it affected them.

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