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The first trailer has been released for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Silence, and it looks like he’s created another masterpiece. The film is very different from anything he’s done before. Scorsese has been trying to make this film for the past 28 years. Now he’s finally done it, and it looks like it was well worth the wait.
The story is set in the 17th century, and it centers on two Christian missionaries, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who embark on a mission to Japan in search of their missing mentor, played by Liam Neeson. This journey is described as their ultimate test of faith as they enter a land where Christianity is outlawed. It looks like this is something that they will be struggling with. Of course, the movie is sure to go beyond that basic premise.
This looks like a deep and powerful film that will go into questions of religious tolerance and explore the dangers of ministering the faith to the Japanese people during that time. There’s going to be plenty of stuff to chew on with this film.
Silence opens in theaters on December 23rd.
Most Christian films are awful. It’s not debatable; they’re awful. When Hollywood tries to make films of the Bible, they usually focus on decadent epics that lose the plot. When Christians try to make films, the production values are low, the acting is poor, the writing is ham-handedly preachy, etc. Both approaches miss the point. Whether you think it’s the literal word of God or merely the most influential book of all-time, filled with stories and fables, the Bible has a million amazing films in it that never get made. How refreshing it is then, to find a film like Risen. Who would have guessed a focused, original Biblical film would come from the director of Waterworld? Continue reading Movie Review: Risen (2016) “CSI: Anno Domini”
Silence, Martin Scorcese’s next film, will reunite him with Gangs of New York star Liam Neeson (the first 15 minutes of that film is one of my favorite openings of all-time) as well as Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe. The film will be an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Jesuits who to try bring Christianity to isolated Japan. Scorsese has been trying to make this movie since 1991. It promises to be extremely different in tone than his recent films. Continue reading Martin Scorcese’s Next Project – Silence – Will Star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe