Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Shinya Tsukamoto.
Silence is a film that Scorsese has been working on for the better part of 26 years. After numerous delays, changes and other projects taking precedence, it has finally made its way to the screen. It was most certainly a case of better late than never.
Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests tasked with travelling to Japan to locate a fellow Jesuit who travelled there to preach Christianity. Strangers in a strange land, they face threats of persecution for their faith which is tested to its very limits.
It is worth noting that Silence is a heavy film, it isn’t going to be for everyone. Operating as an intense exploration of tested faith in a silent God in the face of extreme persecution and weighing in at a hefty 2hrs 40mins, it certainly isn’t light & fluffy, it is however very good. A measured, if a little slow first portion of the film opens up into a rich and involving drama that will keep you invested right up to the end. Stunning performances from the assembled cast particularly Adam Driver and an utterly mesmerising turn from Andrew Garfield, delivering a career best performance in my opinion. Silence is also a bloody gorgeous film, beautifully shot locations and precisely executed cinematography make this film an absolute joy to behold.
Arriving too late to garner nominations at the Golden Globes but sure to gather its fair share, and hopefully translate into some awards at The Oscars, Silence is a film that is utterly deserving of the praise it has been receiving and thoroughly deserving of any other plaudits it may receive. I would wholeheartedly recommend this film although offer the suggestion of perseverance though the opening half.