Stalker

Stalker

DVD - 2006 | Russian
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At the center of an outlawed region called The Zone lies a mystical room altered by unnatural forces. Armed guards are the first in a series of lethal obstructions that prevent outsiders from reaching the place where fantastic powers can fulfill man's greatest desires. Only the Stalker can lead a scientist and writer through The Zone where an obstacle course of mental and physical barriers tests the limits of their endurance. At the end they must face a room where the center of power and evil confronts them and the future of mankind.

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mrkus
Oct 02, 2017

This film was thought provoking, imaginative and in ways confounding. I loved it.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 05, 2017

This is more than just a movie. It's a true work of art. I consider it an event in my life.

LPL_KevinC Jun 12, 2017

I picked up Stalker recently because I'd only ever seen pieces of it here and there and I had an evening free that I could devote to one of Andrei Tarkovsky's great works. It's a patient and thoughtfully composed story of three men journeying into a mysterious restricted site called the "Zone," where they hope to reach a room that supposedly fulfills an entrant's innermost desire. Along the way, the motivations of each of the members of the expedition for reaching the room are slowly revealed while they navigate the treacherous and ever-shifting topography of the Zone.

The visual contrast of the squalid urban settings of the city outside the Zone and rich natural atmosphere inside the Zone combine with the film's serene score to perfectly compliment the philosophical storytelling.

It certainly isn't for everyone, but if you like a slow burner that makes you think then draw the curtains, turn off the lights, leave your cell phone in the other room and get sucked into the beauty of Stalker.

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Maoisdead
Apr 20, 2017

One of Andrei Tarkovsky's (Solaris, The Sacrifice) most acclaimed films, Stalker is an unforgettable film experience that evokes the spiritual lucidity of Carl Dreyer and the unbridled imagination of Philip K. Dick. Since its release in 1979, Stalker has inspired filmmakers as diverse as David Lynch and Steven Spielberg and ensnared audiences in a labyrinth of striking imagery revealing the familiar in the strange, the poetic in the disturbing and the mythic in the mordant. In the near future, an unseen alien force has taken possession of an area of Russian wilderness that authorities, have dubbed The Zone. The only thing known for sure about the region is that few who enter it ever return. Led by a Stalker one of a small group of outlaws able to safely navigate the Zone, a renegade scientist and a cynical, burnt out writer penetrate the dangers outside in search of the power and transcendence rumored to exist inside. The Stalker longs to un-do a mysterious physical transformation the Zone has performed on his young daughter. The scientist will risk anything to see that reason triumphs over faith. The writer seeks a germ of inspiration that the crumbling and corrupt world beyond the Zone no longer provides. Together, these three men become desperate pilgrims walking a desolate trail leading to one of the most enigmatic and tantalizing endings in the history of cinema. A haunting and honest meditation on the intersections of science, feeling, and faith.Stalker is both profoundly unsettling and deeply moving.

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TheeAvebury
Mar 03, 2017

Challenging, provocative, and ultimately rewarding, Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker is a mind-bending experience that defies explanation. Like Tarkovsky's earlier and similarly enigmatic science fiction classic Solaris, this long, slow, meditative masterpiece demands patience and total attention; anyone accustomed to faster pacing is likely to abandon the nearly three-hour film before its first hour is over. On the other hand, those who approach Tarkovsky's work in a properly receptive (and wide awake) frame of mind are likely to appreciate the film's seductive depth of theme and hypnotic imagery. Set in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic future (although the time-frame is never specified), the eerie and unsettling story focuses on the title character, Stalker (Aleksandr Kajdanovsky), who leads characters known only as the Writer (Anatoli Solonitsyn) and the Scientist (or Professor, played by Nikolai Grinko) into a mysterious region called The Zone. Tarkovsky films their journey as a long odyssey, or religious pilgrimage, and center of The Zone--said to be under an alien influence--is where each of these men hopes to find a kind of personal transcendence.

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Calvacade
Aug 25, 2016

A true masterpiece of metaphysical filmmaking. Tarkovsky's movies are slow- a better word to use is meditative- Tarkovsky called it " sculpting in time ". If you pay careful attention by the end of the film your efforts will be rewarded with the 'big picture'.
An attention span is an awful thing to waste. You do not have to read the book to " get " this film ( if you're capable of thinking that is ), I would go so far as to classify this as an autonomous piece of art from the book. I try and watch this every couple of years- and see new things in it every time.

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22950006357453
May 04, 2015

if you havent read the book 'roadside picknic' you will not get this movie

Green_Bird_203 Apr 07, 2015

In my opinion, this is the best of Tarkovsky's films.

NewYorkViews Apr 05, 2015

Excellent science fiction horror about the downfalls of nuclear power. This film is pre-Chernobyl made in 1976, and is almost 2 1/2 hours long in both color and b/w, and is not fast paced--it is like a long, afternoon-type film. In this film, a Stalker (an extreme tour guide, able to navigate difficulties) illegally takes a scientist and a writer into the "alien" zone that is in the wilderness that is blocked off by police. The Stalker's wife is not happy about her husband's profession, but it is not surprising in the murky neighborhood they live in. To get to the zone, the husband and his two customers eagerly go through what looks like an abandoned nuclear power plant with open drums in probably heavy water, etc., and it goes on from there as they go further into the "alien" inhabited forest. This film looks like serious commentary about the faults of the industrial revolution and all of the modern day pollutants. Suspenseful, but the surprise ending is quite creepy for a variety of reasons.

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Adelheid
Mar 13, 2015

Good for insomnia, will put you to sleep,

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