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Silence (2016)

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Great ideas that largely get lost in the shuffle.

Somewhere buried in Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a great movie about faith, colonialism, and Christian arrogance. Unfortunately that largely gets lost in this turgid drama filled with drawn out conversations about religion, senseless voiceover from multiple characters, brutal violence depicted matter-of-factly, and largely one-dimensional portrayals of the Japanese officials trying to stop Christianity from spreading in their country during the 1600s.

Scorsese’s film is beautifully shot, with a restrained, mostly static camera that’s uncharacteristic for the director. Its lack of score is unsettling and rather appropriate given the movie’s title, however the space left behind is annoyingly filled in with narrated ramblings from Andrew Garfield’s Portuguese priest Rodrigues and a dry Dutch historian, who takes over for the story’s final act. Scorsese makes some excellent points about what it means to struggle with your faith and to serve people as a member of the clergy. He ...(more)

Somewhere buried in Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a great movie about faith, colonialism, and Christian arrogance. Unfortunately that largely gets lost in this turgid drama filled with drawn out conversations about religion, senseless voiceover from multiple characters, brutal violence depicted matter-of-factly, and largely one-dimensional portrayals of the Japanese officials trying to stop Christianity from spreading in their country during the 1600s.

Scorsese’s film is beautifully shot, with a restrained, mostly static camera that’s uncharacteristic for the director. Its lack of score is unsettling and rather appropriate given the movie’s title, however the space left behind is annoyingly filled in with narrated ramblings from Andrew Garfield’s Portuguese priest Rodrigues and a dry Dutch historian, who takes over for the story’s final act. Scorsese makes some excellent points about what it means to struggle with your faith and to serve people as a member of the clergy. He also poses the critical question of whether you should cling to ideology when it leads to the senseless deaths of innocent people around you. It’s a shame he takes too long to make that point, and doesn’t give the Japanese a chance to come off as anything other than stubborn, brutal people to the average viewer, who isn’t likely to read between the lines he has written with Jay Cocks. That said, the only people who probably should be watching Silence are Scorsese completists. This film is likely to be lost on anyone else. (less)

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Brilliant

as pictures the film is beautiful. You can just freeze it anywhere in the movie and the picture is just stunning.
morally, it is biting.
i would side with two fathers and their christian followers but I also understand Japan's stance. And I applaud Japan. Western domain was becoming rampant in the 17th century. However, freedom of religion is so beautiful and right.
From what little I remember from high school world history, the division between religion and politics was much less prominent or even nonexistent than it is today.
I got to watch this in a free movie screening and it was worth the wait on line.
I have held the book the movie is based on from my local library in hope of learning a little more of the history.

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Plot:

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.

Release Dates:

theatrical : 2013-12-06 : India