Review: A historical drama set in the seventeenth century. Two Jesuit priests travel to Japan to find their missing mentor. They face the ultimate test of faith. This is at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Ciaran Hinds
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama and History
Conclusion: 5/5
A ground breaking film from the most acclaimed film director. A masterpiece of film making. Based on a 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo. This is a very long film running over 2 hours but you really don’t notice the length. Before watching this I did think that Liam Neeson would have a much bigger part to play. He had to lose 20 pounds in weight for his role. It is fantastic to see him in such an amazing film especially after all this time. He deserves it. Although I only really know Andrew Garfield through The Spider-Man films he completely took my breath away watching him in this. I have seen a completely different person.  I was shocked at just how harrowing and heavy it all was. I felt like I couldn’t breath for the whole time I was watching it. It is also very powerful. It is a film that I haven’t stopped thinking about since.  This has been a 28 year journey for Martin Scorsese who has tried to get it made all these years. The only film I can think of that is similar to this is The Mission (1986) which also stared Liam Neeson and was also set around the same era. Is this the sort of film that needed an Ennio Morricone score to it? I didn’t actually notice any music in the film. The cinematography was outstanding. This is a film that deals with faith, doubt, weakness and the human condition. The film also deals with the clash of cultures and provides an amazing glimpse into Japanese culture and history. This was screened early to four hundred Jesuit priests in Rome. The premier for this was held at the Vatican. Apparently this is already a major awards contender, I do hope that it does really well.


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