The passion project film of Martin Scorsese was decades-in-the-making. The epic film setting was in early years of Japan, which stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver and people are tagging it a possible Oscar win for the renowned filmmaker.
According to Robbie Robertson, the much- anticipated film is "so different from anything he's ever done," as published in The Star. It is so different, nothing is like it in the movies these days. He also noted the slow meditation nature of the film, which pegged both painful and beautiful.
The film is based on a 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō titled "Silence". The story is about the 17th century Jesuit missionaries played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. They venture to Japan to seek and help their mentor played by Liam Neeson.
As aptly put in the article by Telegraph UK, the novel originally amasses all Christian converts in feudal Japan and fueled by the heavy concern of Jesuits spreading the word of God that will eventually lead to European colonization. In the long run, Japanese-Christians were rounded up, tortured or killed for their faith. The film is said to be more ghastly that "The Revenant", which earned Leonardo Dicaprio his much coveted Oscar Best Actor award. The torture, bloodbath, and the barbarism in the film are very apparent on the trailer alone.
Besides the physical tortures, the main characters also go through the different level of reactions and psychological effects of seeing martyrs, who follow their faith. They have moments when they have exhausted the life out of them or whether their faith is their saving grace. Probably, the most unsurprising way was despite the conflicted country, poverty, and brutality, they never questioned the very existence of the God.
With the actor's dedication shown through significant weight drop and with one of the greatest filmmaker alive, this can probably be an Oscar favorite, if not a controversial blockbuster movie. As it is, the trailer will be shown in front of an audience for the first time, soon, in The Vatican.