The story of Silence is a painful tale of struggle, religious oppression and a questioning of faith. The film follows Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Garupe (Adam Driver) on their journey into a Japan that has outlawed the practise of Christianity to find the truth out about their mentor Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) and to try and propagate their religion despite the dangerous time they find themselves in.
Reasons to See Silence:
- Martin Scorsese directed it. No seriously, thats a pretty darn good reason really, plus this has been a passion project for Scorsese for 20 something years and it’s only now that he has found himself able to create and show us this film as before he hadn’t found himself capable enough to make the film.
- The acting is top notch with unforgettable performances from Andrew Garfield and the superb Japanese actors Asano Tadanobu (浅野 忠信), Ogata Issey (イッセー尾形), Kubozuka Yōsuke (窪塚 洋介) and Nana Komatsu (小松菜奈).
- Kichijiro, what a flawed but interesting character which Kubozuka brought to life brilliantly.
- The Cinematography is sublime, the colour palettes are stunning, this is a beautiful film.
- You will think, and think some more after the film, perhaps for may days afterwards.
In conclusion Silence is a painful but essential watch so do yourselves a favour and see this gem of a film right now.