Daniel Slack’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stalker, in one respect, is a film that simultaneously projects and comments on the transcendent function. In such, Stalker is a film about faith and desire with its central conflict resting on three men who venture into "The Zone" in the hope that they will be given, by a furtive room, fulfilment. A scientist wants the power to discover. A writer wants inspiration. And their guide, a stalker, wants nothing apart from to, possibly, support his family and satisfy an unyielding impulse to venture into The Zone - he does not want to go in the room. It turns out, however, that after journeying to the fulfilling room, the scientist and writer can't bring themselves to go in.
One undertone of this story has much to do with humans confronting aspiration and the future simultaneously. Not only do the characters of Stalker then have to question what it is that they want, but why, and what would be the consequences of them attempting to take, or be granted, their utmost desire. In confronting the projections of their illusive inner drives, these men must also kneel before the Logos... more from: