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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A nearly three-hour film about three men travelling through a supernatural Zone to a room that will allegedly grant their deepest wish. It certainly sounds like the embodiment of Pretentious Art Film, but Tarkovsky is one of cinema's most highly regarded masters (as evidenced by 4 of his 7 films ... Read More »


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amanoletters99
Jan 13, 2020

Interesting and captivating film. A little long in the tooth but worth the watch.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 23, 2019

One of the greatest films ever made. Languid yet tense. Practically filmed in real time. Deep as the Mariana's Trench. It's not for people with short attention spans. But if you are asking questions about the evident meanings of life. Start here.

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walls187
Sep 24, 2019

@lindy919 I laughed till I cried at your assessment, accurate upon first viewing.

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Soyghurt
Jan 26, 2019

Perhaps one of the worst movies ever made. The glowing reviews on here are no doubt meant to troll people. I should have listened to those bad reviews, but since I often like usual arthouse films, I went for it. What a mistake.

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GlennZieve
Nov 06, 2018

Big Ideas! Long Shots! Slow! Some of the most beautiful green you will see in a movie!

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patch666
Oct 12, 2018

Epic, beautiful and mesmerizing film. True genius from the master Tarkovsky. Classic cinema for the truly enlightened. Images sculpted into time and memory. The only thing boring is people who are bored by this type of film. Masterpiece !!!!!! `420

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lindy919
Sep 14, 2018

COLLOSSAL waste of time.
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Like all Russian film, it is super long, plodding, overly artsy and boring as hell.
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In a nutshell, three men travel through a land of biohazards, radioactivity, rusty metal and broken down buildings - or as the rest of us know it, Russia. In between the boring trees and the boring puddles of medical waste, our three nameless bad actors talk about the meaning of ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ... I'm sorry, I nodded off just thinking about how excrutiatingly long and boring this piece of junk is. Anyway... Moe, Larry, and Curly meander through sewers of bio-sludge while eating borscht and pondering their place in the univerZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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Ooops, it happened again... Rather than watching this film I suggest you do anything else: Watch some lovely paint dry; Review your tax filings for the past 10 years; Jab forks into your eyes. Really anything else.

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pasmendiola
May 10, 2018

More of a religious move than straight sci-fi, still love it

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 15, 2018

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
Jan 15, 2018

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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