Silence: Movie Review
As a film, "Silence" may frustrate with its decision to force audiences to take it all in slowly. But the meticulous and deep rooted theological topics and the long running time are way worth the wait.
When their former mentor goes missing in Japan and rumors arrive that he has done the unthinkable - apostasize against Catholicism, two Catholic missionaries Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) travel to Japan and find out the real truth on Fther Cristóvão Ferreira's (Liam Neeson) fate.
Martin Scorsese outdoes himself once again with "Silence". The film may look like to be rooted in Catholicism but we beg to differ. What you get is an intimate and even controversial look into the inner workings of faith and the not-so-clear-cut moralities involved in it. The film may not take these topics head on - it takes it time with a 160 minute runtime - but with Scorsese at the helm, things never really get dull. The film has outstanding cinematography and shocking realism when it comes to the punishments done to the Christians. But more than that, "Silence" had award-worthy performances from Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver and the Japanese cast. They had us emotionally-involved and we could feel the pain and struggle each had to endure in their harrowing stay in Japan. At the end of the day, "Silence" is going to be a classic in time - there's no doubt about it.
Why you should watch it:
- outstanding acting from Garfield, Driver and the Japanese cast
- has a lot to say and it is one that will make you think
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it takes it time to unveil the mystery and message
Labels Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Ciarán Hinds, drama, historical, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, movie review, novel, Shūsaku Endō, Silence, Tadanobu Asano, Yosuke Kubozuka