So it looks like David Fincher's Zodiac is starting to delve into the test screening venue, and a bunch of folks have written to AICN with their own mini-reviews of the film. First, you might wanna check out the official one-sheet for the film which JoBlo snagged a few days ago. That's a smaller version of it to the right of your screen, and I'm certainly digging its dark and mysterious vibe.

A little background: Zodiac is based on Robert Graysmith's books about the infamous Zodiac killer and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.,Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards. Ruffalo and Edwards play two San Francisco detectives hunting the elusive criminal, while Downey Jr. and Gyllenhaal play a reporter and cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. And now for the reviews; three of them to be exact. The first reviewer loved the flick, noting that "not only is it a great piece of filmmaking but easily one of the best films about an investigation I've ever seen." So far so good, right?

The next dude also liked the pic, though admitted it wasn't one of Fincher's best. He says, "Though I didn't think it was quite as good as either Se7en or Fight Club, I nonetheless found it almost consistently compelling, suspenseful and dramatically effective." However, there's always room for the negative, and our last reviewer wasn't as keen on the film as the first two were. "If I had seen the film not knowing who directed it, the last person I would have guessed is David Fincher and, like Panic Room, I'm at a loss as to why he chose this material as it doesn't give him a whole lot of room to work." Of course, all three of these reviews are filled with detailed plot descriptions and spoilers, so read them at your own risk. Currently, the pic's running time is just under three hours. And, with a release date of January 19, 2007, there's a good chance Fincher will fiddle a bit with the final product. My one main concern: Why such a crappy release date?

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