Hugh’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stalker is a film that demands your full attention and requires you to consume 10kg of caffeine. The pace is so incredibly slow.
The main premise of Stalker is very interesting. The Zone is a pretty nifty idea and Andrei Tarkovsky's filmmaking is always a win.
What could have been a simple Sci-Fi film with deep themes and interesting characters becomes an overly ambitious and boring slog of epic proportions. That last hour or so is just three bald Russian men talking about bombs. Everything in this film is sad. The trees are sad, the buildings are sad, the tanks are sad, and the people are sad. After watching for what felt like 5 hours, I felt sad.
Not even Andrei Tarkovsky could make Stalker enjoyable.