The late 60s and early 70s found the residents of San Francisco, and neighboring communities, gripped by the cold and calculating mind of a serial killer. A killer who calls himself Zodiac, so confident and brazen that he begins sending ciphers to local newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle. And there they get the attention of Robert Graysmith (Gyllenhaal), a puzzle-solving cartoonist. With Boy Scout determination, he enlists the help of Paul Avery (Downey Jr.), a reporter hoping for the big scoop, and they seek to free a city locked in fear. Based on the book by Robert Graysmith. (Jack Kelley)
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 generally lacks detail and often has a glowing look with smeared, plugged-up colors. Shadow delineation is well rendered and black levels are deep. The color scheme is stylized to attempt to better match the time period. Fine details can shimmer and transitions can have a hard, digital edge. Edge enhancement and compression artifacts can be noticed. (Danny Richelieu)
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