The influence of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979) looms large over this English-language sci-fi drama from Turkey, which achieves passages of genuine visual beauty in spite of its derivativeness. Set in a dystopian future, it centers on a biologist (Jean-Marc Barr) who’s developing synthetic grains to help remedy a global food shortage. He believes another scientist who’s gone missing can provide crucial information for the project, and so the hero sets off for the wilderness to find him. (As in Stalker, the character must first break out of a tightly guarded, decaying urban environment before he can trek through an equally grim natural one.) Writer-director Semih Kaplanoğlu presents the scientist’s journey with lots of slow, extended camera movements that show him traversing visually striking landscapes and which generate a certain meditative fascination. This lacks Tarkovsky’s mystical vision and serious ruminations on faith, though what it suggests about the dire state of the planet is certainly potent.