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Monday, 25 March 2013

#214 - 'Stalker' (1979)

"The Zone wants to be respected. Otherwise it will punish." - Stalker.
A man simply known as the Stalker leads two men - the Writer and the Professor - into an area called 'The Zone'. In the deserted and mysterious Zone there is a room that supposedly grants the wishes of anyone that enters it. However, the laws of physics do not seem to apply in the Zone as there is no direct route to the Room. In order to test for traps, the Stalker throws a nut tied to a cloth in out in front of them along the way. On the journey, the three discuss the reasons for why they want to visit the room. In a place with no apparent rules, things start going wrong leading to the Stalker wondering if they will ever find the Room.
The three men travel to 'the Zone'.
I think I have done well to get this far into this challenge without coming across a film that I really didn't enjoy. Then I watched Stalker. Nothing about it did anything for me and it was a real trial to get through. With a running time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, I very nearly called it a day around the 75 minute mark. The reason being that nothing seemed to be happening. I found myself sitting there thinking that sections of around ten minutes would simply pass by with very little story development at all. Forgive the terrible pun, but I did zone out a few times.
Look, even the Stalker has had enough!
I very rarely shout directly at a film but there were a few times where I vocalised my frustrations at Stalker. Several murmurings along the lines of "do something!" may well have left my mouth as I just couldn't get to grips with the mind-numbingly slow narrative and lack of any real action to speak of. I understand that this film is considered an 'art' film. As with any form of art, it's all about the interpretation. I'm sure many people love this film, as evidenced by its appearance in the list. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
"Shouldn't we be, like, doing something?"
(Quote may be fictional)
Don't think I'll ever revisit this one but if I ever get to The Room, I may well wish for those three hours of my life back...
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