A modern day Bresson film.
This is some other level shit. A movie that spoke directly to my soul! Immaculately shot and directed, Stalker is a monumental film. Masterpiece is not even a fitting word for this, as it just goes beyond. I was hypnotized within the first 20 minutes and it held my grasp until the end, which pretty much fucked my mind into oblivion. After the first time I saw this film, it instantly took it's place as my favorite film. Tarkovsky deals in the metaphysical and the existential and Stalker is the perfect essence of his art and philosophy.
One of the inherent flaws with the science fiction genre is it's lack of an emotional core. Science fiction is very heady and cerebral; more worried about ideas and wonder than emotion. That's not to say sci-fi films don't have anything that stirs the heart, just that what's most interesting is usually the ideas being explored. Most of the best sci-fi movies are the best because they contain both, successfully. Leave it to Denis Villeneuve, on his way to becoming…