Character: David Toschi
Created by: Robert Graysmith
Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: James Vanderbilt
Cast Members: Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Edwards,, Chloe Sevigny, Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy
Released date: March 07, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 2hr 37mn
The 2007 mystery thriller film "Zodiac" follows the true story of a serial killer in Northern California who sends letters and ciphers to newspapers from 1969-1974. The movie follows San Francisco cartoonist Robert Graysmith, crime reporter Paul Avery, and police investigators as they attempt to unravel the identity of the infamous Zodiac Killer. As the case remains unsolved and one of America's most famous cold cases, "Zodiac" gives viewers a chilling look at what could have been had the murderer been caught.
The 2007 film “Zodiac” follows the story of a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco from the late 1960s to early 1970s, all while remaining unidentified. The movie is an adaptation of Robert Graysmith’s nonfiction book about his search for the identity of the murderer.
“And man is the most dangerous animal of all?”Dave Toschi
The movie follows a crime reporter and cartoonist named Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) who becomes deeply invested in tracking down this murderer as he begins receiving cryptic messages. At the same time, two detectives Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and Bill Armstrong (Anthony Edwards) start investigating this mysterious criminal. With more victims piling up and no clear answers, Paul meets another suspect Bob Vaughn (John Carroll Lynch). After exploring Bob’s connections with other suspects, they find out that he is innocent and he directs them toward Arthur Leigh Allen (John Emerson), a school teacher. They suspect Allen but they can’t collect enough evidence to incriminate him due to insufficient DNA evidence from Zodiac’s old letters.
After a long investigation and fruitless attempts to arrest their prime suspect, the police come to the conclusion that their main lead was dead wrong. The real killer was never found nor brought to justice. This open-ended story reflects our society’s increasing ability for violence without accountability or resolution in a very poignant way, leaving viewers with many unanswered questions as well as a lingering sense of sadness and emptiness.