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YMMV: Zodiac

The film:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: All over the place with the Zodiac. Does he believe everything he writes? Is he actually mentally ill and looking for help or is he just an amoral Attention Whore? Were Allen's reactions to seeing the cops and Robert a result of guilt or of being fed up with the harassment of accusations?
  • Award Snub: No Oscar nominations whatsoever.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo are both in this film, they trade barbs, they bicker. We see them do it again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Leave The Plot Threads Hanging: Who was Rick Marshall? Maybe he did kill people and film it, but you'll never know!
    • In Real Life, Marshall was proven to not be the Zodiac via fingerprint analysis.
  • One-Scene Wonder: John Carroll Lynch as Arthur Leigh Allen has a total of about five minutes screen time in a movie that's two and a half hours long, most of that time without dialogue. However, his interrogation scene is guaranteed to leave an impression on you and thanks to Lynch's mannerisms its easy to see why Allen was a prime suspect.
    • Similarly, Charles Fleischer, voice of Roger Rabbit, presides over one of the film's tensest scenes as the ambiguously creepy Bob Vaughn.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Be careful when someone pulls up next to you.
    • Lampshaded when Robert briefly thinks that Bob Vaughn is the Zodiac.
  • Stop Helping Me!: The various P Ds Robert reaches out to get increasingly fed up with his investigations. By the end, Toschi all but calls the police on Robert when the latter shows up at his door late at night screaming he knows who Zodiac is.
    • This Is Gonna Suck: Audience members unfamiliar with the particulars of the cases may have felt this when the woman with the baby got into the car with the stranger (possibly the Zodiac killer), particularly when he said "The more the merrier". Fortunately averted.
  • The Untwist: Toschi's number-one suspect was Leigh. And he was right...according to the film, anyway.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Certain scenes featuring San Fran to be digitally created and you won't even know which ones.
    • To save time David Fincher decided to not use bloody makeup for the murder scenes, thus all blood is CGI.
  • What an Idiot: Leigh, if the informant's story is true. He basically laid out his entire murder plot to him on New Years Day, as well as saying he would call himself the Zodiac.
    • The woman with the baby. Sure, trust some random guy to fix your car tires, and then get in the car with said guy after the tire he said he fixed falls off. Especially when it's widely known there's a serial killer on the loose.

The webcomic:

The Deus Ex mod:

  • Goddamn Bats: Large numbers of Grays keep spawning in the final areas, despite your ammo being limited.

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