Film of the Day: Zodiac (2007)

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Graysmith, the sleuth out to catch a killer. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

David Fincher’s captivating and disturbing dramatization of the infamous ‘Zodiac killings’ and the hunt for their elusive perpetrator is the kind of film that pulls you into wanting to know the truth for yourself.

Indeed, Fincher and producers conducted their own 18-month long investigation in order to fully understand the events in San Fransisco, and the attention to detail we are gifted with is truly stunning.

Robert Graysmith, a political cartoonist, begins to investigate the notes, ciphers and strange messages sent by the Zodiac killer to his San Francisco newspaper. He is drawn down a long rabbit hole following clues, red herrings and turns he didn’t expect.

157 min

Zodiac – Friday at 11.25pm on BBC One