While watching David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) there were a few main points that stuck with me. The first was how information is represented in the film. As Robert, Avery, and David all work to uncover the mystery of the Zodiac killer there are varying levels of information available to them. Once the killer starts receiving more intention from the news, hundreds of calls come in to try to give tips to the police. As time goes on they have to work to sift through the countless amounts of unreliable sources in order to find a lead worth chasing. During this time there is a lot going on, making the action harder to follow. The idea of information is brought to the forefront again when the detectives run out of leads. Once the information slows down the excitement of the film slows down as well. To me it seems that this is done on purpose. Fincher subtly uses digital techniques to heighten the realism of the film. However, he doesn’t go overboard with trying to fill the screen with distracting effects. Could Fincher be highlighting these events to make a comment on the use of digital editing in films? How does the amount of visual effects enhance or detract from the quality of a film?
Another idea that Zodiac illustrated was the way the detectives were limited by technology. In one of my favorite scenes of the film the various police departments are trying to work together and share the information they have. Due to their differences in technology, however, they are unable to do so effectively and have to rely on the old technology of mail. Once again it seems as if Fincher is using the plot of the film to send a message about making movies. Are the detectives, and thus filmmakers, too reliant on technology? Or does technology offer the solution to the problems faced by film?