In a future world that has been seemingly ravaged by war and poverty there exists a myth of hope among the people - a forbidden place known only as the Zone, the heart of which, if reached, grants one's innermost desires. Two men, a writer and professor, hire someone known as a Stalker; a guide who can navigate the treacherous and confounding path that leads to the centre of the Zone. 'Stalker' was instantly considered one of the most definitive artistic contemplations of human aspiration and the ambition we employ to achieve it.
Slow in places, but magnificent achievement
- Stalker review by Oli
Where do you even begin with this film? It is fantastic, the direction by Andrei Tarkovsky is just breathtaking, I'd come into this seeing Solaris by him which was also brilliant, kind of similar to this bit slow but rewarding. By slow I mean there's a lot of scenes where it will just show the scenery of 'The Zone' or there will be some philasophical dialogue whilst the 3 men are trying to sleep, but the shots are as breathtaking as any film you will ever see, the direction is superb and the story will keep you on the edge of your toes to see what happens, I wont ruin anything but I'll just say there's never been another film like it, the acting is great the dialogue is great, direction is superb, I like as well how it starts in the yellowish black and white, but then changes to colour once they arrive in the zone. It's one hell of an achievement!
Considering I have been wanting to see this for nearly forty years it was a huge disappointment. Nothing happens. There is no meaning. There is no drama. There is almost no story. Nothing is explained. It is tedious beyond belief. The mis-en-scene which may have seemed innovative in 1979 is now tired and done far better in many average recent film and tv dramas.
How did the director of Andrei Rublev (one of THE greatest films, and one I have seen several times) sink to this?