Now, as you know, I'm totally into 70's movies. So in a way, it's like this movie cheated by looking EXACTLY like all the movies I love.
It was pretty uncanny. The film got the feel and the mood DOWN. I mean they even got the lighting and the colors right. And the long, dragging moments when nothing seems to happen except this general blah sort of deal. And not to be all un-PC or whatever, but I like the fact that it was all sort of sexist, without any major female characters or women with any kind of authority walking around the office. I don't know, it just seems like movies now a days go out of their way to make things all PC regardless of the time or event the movie is supposed to be covering, and it sort of makes everything fake (I mean, did you notice how in Pearl Harbor no one was smoking? What the fuck? Have you SEEN movies of that time? Or rather, could you even see anything through that thick cloud of smoke? Give me a BREAK...) Bottom line, a major female character would have added all that romantic tension crap, and sometimes that's just not where you want to go.
(On that note, though, Chloe was amazing. In one little move of her eyebrow, that girl said all that needed to be said on how the females in that story were feeling. So there!)
But anyway, back to the review. In a way, I thought this was a true horror film. There's this shady monster that you never quite see, and he does these unspeakably evil things (the stabbing scene, there in broad daylight without the camera once moving away was one of the ugliest, if not THE ugliest murder scene I've ever had to sit through) and he never gets caught. And it was also a classic vampire movie, because Zodiac manages to suck the life out of all the major characters.
I really wish more directors approached horror in this angle. I mean, in literature, it's done all the time. If you read short horror stories, you'll notice what's scary about them is what you'd least expect. I mean, "scary" doesn't have to be some hairy monster running around amidst out of tune violin scratches. Sometimes the scariest thing could be something as simple as looking in the mirror and not recognizing the thing that's staring back at you.
I think that was the point of Zodiac. Not bad, all in all.