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Two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when... View more >
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Jan 20, 2017
'Silence' is the newest offering from director Martin Scorsese, who is no stranger to making religious-based films. Though he is primarily known for legendary crime films such as 'Taxi Driver', 'Goodfellas', and 'The Departed', Scorsese has shown he can tackle any kind of material, including religious-themed films like 'The Last Temptation of Christ' and 'Kundun'. With 'Silence', Scorsese masterfully directs a long-time passion project of his - an epic film adaptation of the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo.
The story follows Sebastiao Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), two Jesuit priests on a quest to find their mentor Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) in Japan. Ferreira is said to have committed apostasy (renouncing his faith), and it is up to Rodrigues and Garupe to travel to Japan and find out the truth. When the two arrive, they find Christian persecution is everywhere, and eventually, an ultimate moral dilemma of faith is presented.
'Silence' is brilliantly directed by Scorsese; every scene drips with painstaking passion, and it's hard to imagine any other director pulling this film off this well. Alongside the natural beauty of Japan, we witness disturbing, brutal acts committed against those who practice Christianity. Though the film is long, no moment feels like a waste of time, no matter the type of scene. The test of faith given to Rodrigues is one without a pleasant solution, and it's in large part what makes the film so thought-provoking and well-done.
Andrew Garfield gives a convincing, impressive performance as the lead character, as does Adam Driver as the deuteragonist. The audience can feel their characters' frustrations, doubts, and devotion every scene they are in. Though his screen time is limited, Liam Neeson is likewise great in the role of Father Ferreira. The supporting cast all do a very good job, especially Issey Ogata, who plays Inoue Masashige, a government official in Japan. Ogata plays the role perfectly, injecting some slight humor occasionally into a very serious picture.
Besides the direction and the acting, the film's other aspects are also quite impressive. The screenplay is excellently written, with no shortage of great dialgoue and moments given to the audience. The cinematography is also consistently great throughout the film. We get many exquisite shots of Japan's countryside, as well as other settings including foggy waters and a dilapidated, uninhabited village. The lack of music is a bold artistic choice, but it pays off tremendously, giving the film's scenes a higher level of intimacy and tension.
'Silence' isn't a film that's going to cheer you up on a rainy day. It's a film that will stir your emotions and make you question things. It's thoroughly thought-provoking and tense. The story is a truly big undertaking for any director to successfully bring to life on the screen, and that's exactly what Martin Scorsese does. Intense, brutal, unique, and beautiful, 'Silence' is one of the finest achievements of Scorsese's directing career.
Jan 22, 2017
Silence is an incredible film, perfect in almost every way. While it is a little bit long, it's incredibly smart. All of the lead performances deliver in every way. The lack of a musical score is prominent and effective, which plays into the "Silence" name. An amazingly written and directed movie. However, it is a very heavy movie. It asks a lot of tough questions about faith and religion. The approach Silence takes is smart, but weighted and slightly brutal. The movie is currently in extremely limited release, but if you get the chance to see it, do it.
Jan 22, 2017
The best movie since Pulp Fiction. LA Times says this is the best movie of 2016.
Jan 26, 2017
A beautiful made movie by Director Martin Scorsese tells of two European missionaries (Andrew Garfield & Adam Driver) who journeyed to Japan to locate their missing mentor played by Liam Neesom. the film takes place in 1665, and at the time Japan bans Christianity from their country. and anyone who practiced that religion, or in possession of any christian item will be punished. this is a beautiful move with perfect cianatography that is second to none. the film is based on the 1866 novel by Shusaku Endo which became the basis of the 1971 movie. If your movie theater is showing "Silence," please see the movie. It's a powerful movie about redemption, no matter the religion and no matter the cost.
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