- Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a political cartoonist. At first, he simply has a fondness for solving puzzles like the Zodiac's ciphers, but after the Zodiac quits the killing business and the media and police attention has faded, Graysmith can't let the Zodiac go. Graysmith needs to solve the puzzle of the Zodiac, as if finding the sociopath will offer an answer. Not just "who is the Zodiac", but "why"?
- Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr), an unraveling, alchoholic journalist. At first, he seems to be interested in a good story, but he eventually finds himself chasing down blind leads and muddying the waters of the criminal investigation. When the Zodiac threatens Avery directly, Avery goes off the deep end and spins off into orbit.
- Inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo), a homicide detective who never really lets go of the Zodiac case, long after he acknowledges that he'll never be caught.
March 4, 2007
"A West-Coast 'All The President's Men'!" raves my wife. A compelling thriller, David Fincher has created an epic rumination on The Zodiac Killer, a publicity-hungry serial killer who held the Bay Area in a grip of obsessive paranoia of sick fascination. The Zodiac killed at least seven people in 1968 and 1969, but thanks to inter-jurisdictional congestion and press involvement, the authorities never had a chance to catch the guy. The movie follows the search through three men: