In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
"Silence" came onto my radar right when it came out but it took me a while before I actually got to see it. Though I am glad I did as the movie packs a surprisingly strong and original story about an unconventional topic. This strong narrative is supported by some pretty good actors that fit surprisingly well within their respective roles. I do want to point out that the movie poster is a little deceiving as Neeson's role isn't actually that prominent so if you are looking for a lot of Liam Neeson time you will be disappointed. You should however prepare yourself before watching "Silence" as there will be death and a lot of torture, which is being depicted in a very realistic and historically accurate way. In the end, "Silence" is a great movie with a great story and you should not miss out on it.
Every new Martin Scorsese movie is a must watch in my book and with 'Silence', he tackled a story I had very little knowledge of. Like with every Scorsese movie, the directing is masterfully done with passion flowing through every scene. The amazing cinematography and minimalistic use of a score all add up to the experience of the movie. That's not to say that everything about 'Silence' is great, it does have some flaws. I felt like some of the scenes nearing the 3rd act of the movie started to drag and were just there to extend all the dread and misery throughout the movie. Another problem for me was that some of the supporting Japanese actors weren't quite on par with the others. Overall, I would recommend 'Silence' to everybody who is eager to see a lengthy historical epic.
"Silence" is a movie Martin Scorsese wanted to make for a long time and it has finally arrived. We will start off by saying we're glad he kept pushing to get it on the big screen. You can really feel his love for this story in every single frame. From the beautiful landscapes to the brutal and hard to watch torture scenes, everything is filled with passion. Although some of the marketing around the film could be a bit misleading, fact remains that the story is great, albeit a bit too long. Furthermore, most of the actors put up a great performance, the only gripe we had was that some of the supporting Japanese actors weren't quite on par. In the end we would recommend "Silence" to everyone in dire need of an historical epic, though beware it is not for the lighthearted.