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We are all Stalkers
Stalker is the one of the most bizarre movies I have ever seen. There is a strange zone with high security levels to keep out the ordinary people. It is said once a mysterious crash from outer space happened there. It is also said there is a strange room some where in that zone with power to fulfill every dream. There are only few men how know where that room is and know the zone well enough to avoid all its tricks and dangers. These men, these guides, are called The Stalkers.
This movie is a bout two ordinary men who want to go into that zone with the help of a Stalker. One of them is a writer who has lost his inspiration and ability to write. The other is a scientist who seems to be curious about the room and its mysterious power.
The journey begins and we see them enter and pass through the zone. The world outside the zone is black and white but after they enter the zone every thing turns to be colored. It clearly shows the differences between the two worlds. One of them is boring and frustrating but the other has some kind of spirit inside. However we never see any other life in there except the three travelers. It is completely a new world by its special rules and order. The silence of the area by itself heightens the tone of mystery. All the time we feel like somebody is watching us, but who? Maybe because we are afraid of something that we don't know what is it.
Finally when they reach the room struggles between them arises. The scientist carries out a small nuclear bomb to destroy the zone. He believes any dangerous people and rotten politician could get there and make a bad wish. Who knows the next person who wishes to go there? But the power of the movie I think starts to reveal itself here. The stalker explains this room could be a hope for many people. His life has been spent to guide people there. This room is a symbol of hope more than any other thing. At this point we start to think: does the room really have a super natural power? It seems the two travelers wanted to see that room more because of their curiosity than their believe in it.
I think even the two travelers are signs and symbols. The writer is a representative of the artistic feelings of human. The scientist is the representation of logical aspect of human. Both these two parts can't find their way in the modern life. Which one could lead our lives better? Both the writer and the scientist seem confused and helpless in that room. At last they reach an agreement to leave that room alone and don't ask anything form it.
They seem more like the Stalker after they have nothing to do with the room. The rain finally starts to fall over them maybe washing their sins and make them ready for a new life. The rain and water are among the key materials in all Tarkovsky's movies. I guess they are the symbols of life and its continuity.
The three wretched men are the main subject of the film not the science fiction background and the story of the zone. The director wants to show us their deep emotions and feelings but not to analyze them and clarify who they are. They are like us with their ambitions and hopes. We all might be happy if we could find our own room of dreams. But after all, do we dare enough to go there and make a wish? That room is us in the mirror. It only reflects our deep thoughts, feelings and fears. It shows what we want to be or afraid to become It's not a usual movie to watch. All the Tarkovsky's movies are great mysteries. He is a modern poet who does not impose his ideas. It's more like an open text to read freely and with different kinds of interpretation. Tarkovsky's films are new worlds to face and would never repeat again anywhere. I think this film should be regarded as struggle of life to find a meaning for itself. But whether there is a meaning or not, no one knows the answer.
At the end of the film we see Stalker's paralyzed little girl moving objects over the tables by mental power. Maybe she was able to do that because his father believed deep in his heart that room had the power to fulfill his wish. That room made him to move on and show the way to others. It is a strange end like all the other Tarkovsky's films.
I rated this film 9 out of 10 and I'm sure it is well worth it.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Leave it a lone !!
Alone in the dark is the on of the worst movies I ever saw. It's only the waste of time and money. It's a combination of everything like the Matrix and The Aliens and the horror movies and EST. It's more like a cheap move with poor acting especially about the first role Christian Slater. In some scenes we hear his narrations as an element of expanding the story of the film. As far as I concerned the story is not much complicated which needs more explanations!! It's reminds me the Blade runner when we hear the narrations of the Harrison ford throughout the film. In this film this element helps us to find out more about the story and what is going on there. It's more like the old noir movies in that film.
But I think the scene which we see those agents are fighting against those creatures are interesting and relieves our pains a little!! I find this movie awfully bad and never suggest anyone to see it for fun or anything.
Det sjunde inseglet (1957)
Searh for truth
The Seventh seal is a wonderful movie. A knight's returns home after years. But the most important aspect of his life seems to remain unanswered. He searched for truth and hasn't found it yet and it's getting clear through the film it's not going to happen. The question of the existence of god and the relations of human to him is one the most important issues in history. I think this film should be considered as pictorial manifest of the existentialism. Are we alone in the world or not? Is there any hope to feel the God through our life in any way? This film could happen in our age too, because it has the same questions yet we haven't found. Interestingly, no one will forget the face of death in this movie which was played by Bengt Ekerot. The death only carries out his duties but no one knows is there any one to order him to do that? The knight never find out if god is out there or not even when he asked death about it. The death is not able or allowed to answers to the knight whether anything really exists beyond life or not. If there is emptiness or something else beyond it? What happens then? He remains mysterious and silent about these questions all over the film. I think Ingmar Bergman let us free to judge about these matters and there is no clear answer to them. We are all that knight too who seeking for the truth.
It is one of the most interesting movies which I ever saw. Ingmar Bergman has many great ideas to talk about. If some one likes to see a movie which could help him to think more about himself and the world around him, I suggest this film.
Also the power of humanity is evident in this film. At the end of the film we see that small family comprised of three who escaped the death and saw the others leaded by the death to the end of their destiny. They are plain and good people which don't have complicated ideas about life. They only want a simple life to live. It's clear they are some how similar to the father, Christ and the holy Mother and this could be one of the reasons why they didn't go with dead. Life goes on