Essential cinema. A masterwork from Tarkovsky adapting a science fiction novel into a meditative, engrossing, philosophical experience. Cinematically there is not one wasted shot throughout; this is a carefully constructed piece in which both script and image are sublime.
While a key work of the supposed 'slow cinema' movement, the first half of Stalker is actually briskly paced & relatively action packed; easing us into a mesmerising second-act expedition that connects the physical to the metaphysical in a profoundly dramatic way. Tarkovsky's aesthetic had matured into something unique here; his reflections on nature & existence finding the perfect expression in both content & form.
STALKER is the second time I watched a movie from director Andrei Tarkovsky. The first is SOLARIS. This movie has a very slow pace. Not as slow as SOLARIS. But I kinda feel bored with STALKER than SOLARIS. I don't know. Maybe I'm not in the right mood when I was watching it. STALKER is haunting, intriguing, & slow but beautifully filmed. Mr. Tarkovsky made me asking myself about what's the essence of our existence...
"Sevgilim, dünyamız çok sıkıcı. Bu nedenle, telepati ya da hayaletler, ya da uçan daireler gibi şeyler yok. Dünya kesin kanunlarla yönetiliyor ve dayanılmaz derecede sıkıcı.Yazık ki, o kanunlar hiç çiğnenmiyor. Kanunları nasıl çiğneyeceklerini bilmiyorlar. Bu yüzden, çok ilginç olsa da bir ufo için umutlanma."