Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stalker is a fascinating and intriguing Science fiction movie that, while ostensibly being very straightforward, contains plenty of things which screech out for a metaphorical explanation or analysis. Directed by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky with a script adapted by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, loosely based on their own 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, it observes a character who chaperones two visitors to a puzzling and enigmatic landscape, following the aftermath of an extraterrestrial event, which shows signs of strangely influencing those who penetrate its borders.
There's a tremendous amount of magnificence in the cinematography despite the narrative mostly unfolding in the most shattered of landscapes, known in the movie merely as the Zone. The employment of long takes additionally demands inquiries of even the subtlest of changes, and there's an abundance of extended monologues throughout the movie with characters examining and contemplating some high-minded topics. The origins of Tarkovsky’s Stalker lay in the most archaic beliefs and tales of mythology, and this film brings about an epic examination of the human condition.