D: David Fincher
Warner Bros./Paramount/Phoenix (Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt & Céan Chaffin)
US 2007
151 mins


W: James Vanderbilt [based on the book by Robert Graysmith]
DP: Harris Savides
Ed: Angus Wall
Mus: David Shire
Pd: Donald Graham Burt

Jake Gyllenhaal (Robert Graysmith), Mark Ruffalo (Dave Toschi), Robert Downey, Jr. (Paul Avery), Anthony Edwards (Bill Armstrong), Brian Cox (Marvin Belli), Chloe Sevigny (Melanie Graysmith)

An impeccably well directed thriller with excellent cinematography following the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers of recent American history with a lot of emphasis on characterisation rather than the crimes themselves. 
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey, Jr. are all fantastic as investigators and reporters who won't give up without discovering the truth.
It's slightly too long and could have easily had half an hour or so shaved off in the editing room, but some of the more grizzly scenes leaves a lasting impression, even if the film still doesn't bring any closure to a still-unsolved series of events.