A review of the movie Silence

A review of the movie Silence

Silence: A Review

In late 2016, acclaimed movie-director Martin Scorsese, who famously directed movies like the Goodfellas and Casino, released his latest project entitled; Silence. It’s the first time, since Kundun that Scorsese directs a movie that focuses on spirituality. The film also tackles topics like faith, sacrifice and religion. I was looking forward to watch it and write a review.

Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. It tells the story of two Jesuits missionaries who travel to Japan to locate their mentor after they received a worrisome letter. With the permission of Father Alessandro Valignano (played by Ciarán Hinds) the two priests embark on a journey of discovery to find out what happened to Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Neeson). At the time, Christianity was outlawed in Japan and anybody who was caught practicing the religion was forced to relinquish their faith or face dire consequences.

Martin Scorsese creative output

The movie is based on a 1966 award-winning novel by Shûsaku Endô. At almost two hours and forty-one minutes long, the film is actually a high quality production based on historical facts. The cinematography is rich with color and detail. A great movie without the usual storybook-ending or Hollywood explosions.

**** 4 out of 5 Stars ****

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