Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Elias Koteas, John Carroll Lynch, Chloe Sevigny, Donal Logue, John Getz, Philip Baker Hall, Dermot Mulroney, Brian Cox
Who's the best working director of the Complex decade? Some might say the Coen Brothers, or perhaps Martin Scorsese; we, on the other hand, think it's a no-brainer that David Fincher has reigned supreme. Even though they weren't perfect movies, the acclaimed filmmaker's The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) are still first-rate, and 2010's excellent The Social Networkhandled one of the decade's most influential and important happenings (the rise of Facebook) with accessible intelligence.
Yet, none of those flicks can match up against Zodiac, Fincher's best movie that, unfortunately, also happens to be his most underrated. With impeccable performances from an airtight ensemble, Fincher taps into the obsessions of both the police department and news reporters tracking down the infamous Zodiac killer, who loomed over the San Francisco area throughout the late 1960s and early '70s, even when corpses weren't piling up.
Zodiac plunges you headfirst into a tireless investigation, complete with every interview, document absorption, and dead-end suspect. All with Fincher's standard pairing of a gloomy tone and dark visual presentation.