This is Tarkovsky going further than he did with Solaris and the result is something truly spectacular. Tarkovsky made science fiction for the art house crowd but his films are way more than that. They are a vast poem of emotions from a true master of the cinema.
I love how Tarkovsky seems to dab into psychoanalysis time and time again. The shots, movement, compositions and the overall feel of the film are all in function of interpellating us to desire to get into the room ourselves. Throughout the film I couldn't wait for them to arrive. Got to say that the final act saved this film from being 'only' tense.
Probably and apart "Andrei Rublev", this remains the most fascinating densely Tarkovsky film, despite the tangential with "Solaris", another magnificent film. In fact, the universe of science fiction is, with this filmmaker, an appeal of an existential and metaphysical combination (in a pictorial-physical form) of the usual dissonance between science and belief, being that an immanence of this one, both substance.
The place is unbelievable. Grime, Trees, rust. Not compromising richness, I think it is the most permeable Tarkovsky. The Zone is universal & eternal in its amplificated semi-schrödingerian, semi-eldritchian space of parable.During its times of exploration,apprehension,it is meditation,SCARY, fantastic, humorous even with the banter. The tunnel. Electricity. Phones, bombs. If only it ended in the Room, the 3 sitting.
At first the long camera shots and deliberately slow pacing turned me off with this film. It's only when you get past the half way point that the depth of the films meaning really starts to sick in. Is it a dream, an hallucination or something deeper in a Heart of Darkness sense, that we're searching for something with meaning. And once it comes to an end the film seemed to linger on my mind with these thoughts.
Disappointed with this film, because I'd had heard so many great things about it. Of course, it's Tarkovsky so it's beautifully filmed and acted, but there was way too much dialogue; most of which was philosophical stuff which I didn't find compelling.
The biggest mistake in my life is that i didn´t see it earlier. Stalker is like a long trip that takes you to a dreamlike paradise, where you would be free and happy from everything that bothers you in life. The zone is properly the greatest strength of the movie, While i can´t solve what it is, i will never forget it.