What’s It About?
A guide leads a writer and a scientist on a dangerous journey to find a secret room inside The Zone, a desolated area in the Russian countryside where natural laws do not apply and all access has been forbidden. This film is loosely adapted from the short novel Roadside Picnic written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
I was so excited to finally see this movie. I’m really loving the TANIS podcast, and I burned through the Southern Reach Trilogy two summers ago. Having learned that Roadside Picnic had a similar theme (but was published decades earlier), I quickly read that book as well and mostly enjoyed it. So I was psyched to finally watch Stalker when it arrived. I was massively disappointed. I feel like there is a compelling and worthy story hidden in this movie somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. This film is a labor to watch; it’s long, slow, tedious and, ultimately, uneventful.
Final Grade: D
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