Cast - 90%
Story - 80%
Music Score - 60%
Effects/Quality - 60%
Originality - 70%
Martin Scorsese brings a fairly untold story from Japan’s history to the screen. While Liam Neeson grounds the movie at the beginning and end, Andrew Garfield drives the story and demonstrates his acting range with a role that is anything but silent. A combination to concrete story and acting is the inherent success of Silence.
The story of two Catholic missionaries played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan after news that their mentor has gone missing. The two are gravely concerned as the region has outlawed Catholicism and persecuted priests and followers alike.
Nothing could have prepared the two Portuguese missionaries for the state they find the villages they visited on their travels. The Samurai are brutal in their enforcement of the abolishment of the religion in their land and intolerant to the remaining holding on to a shred of faith.
I was first exposed to these practices while watching an episode of my favourite anime Samurai Champloo which was set in the Edo period of Japan, this was a very interesting period in Japan’s history. If Christians were caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai, they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and agonizing death.
It’s a movie that is deliberately left open to interpretation without being religious propaganda it exposes both the injustice and misguided nature which speaks to higher meaning on faith. I felt the movie achieved a lot without having to explore the politics in length of this era in Japan’s history. The movie tackles rare subject matter with a wealth of great acting. I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous levels and messages the film teased through the unfolding of the main character’s story.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: History, Adventure
Age Rating: Teen+
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 2018