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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Scorsese's mature masterpieces

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    RobertB
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    For over 25 years, Scorsese has been obsessed with this story which follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in search of their missing mentor during a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Scorsese grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy section where both priests and gangsters lived around him, and his early goal was to become a priest before deciding on being a filmmaker. Consequently, both religion and violence would inform his entire body of work, from "Kundun" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" to "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas". But "Silence" is far from being a simple religious film about Christian faith; instead it reflects Scorsese's lifetime struggle with doubt, or, more accurately, the 'silence of God' -- a subject that had obsessed Ingmar Bergman as well (particularly in Bergman's early sixties trilogy, most specifically its central film, "Winter Light" -- a story of a small town priest who loses his faith). This is a visually stunning film with performances that are perfect -- especially Andrew Garfield as the protagonist priest Rodrigues, Liam Neeson as his mentor Ferreira, and Japanese actor Yôsuke Kubozuka (who plays the crazed Kichijiro as if he were a descendant of Toshiro Mifune's bandit in "Seven Samurai"). Viewing this film however brings with it a warning: It is not for the unseasoned filmgoer and very difficult for many viewers to enjoy or even to sit through. I found it compelling throughout but it moves inexorably slow as a silk caterpillar crawling along a sheet of glass. Stylistically, too, it is unlike anything Scorsese has given us before, the exact antithesis of his preceding film, "Wolf of Wall Street" which was profane in its crude 'fun' as well as paced like a music video, more exemplary of the rapidly vibrant editing style we've all become used to. I can't say strongly enough that "Silence" is a Serious Film, obviously made by Scorsese for himself alone without giving a single whit about what critics or audiences will think about it. At 74, he has earned that right. Here is an obsessively personal document of a great filmmaker approaching his own winter sleep. Perhaps Scorsese is Icarus flying too close to the sun but I think it likely that in fifty years from now when scholars take in his complete filmography, "Silence" -- no matter how tedious it might seem today -- will stand out as a masterpiece not unlike the Danish master filmmaker Carl Dreyer's late works, "Ordet" and "Gertrude". I certainly felt every single minute of this difficult, very trying film but I took something priceless away with me when I left the theater. I recommend it highly to the most serious and devout filmgoer. All others should best stay away.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece for the serious film viewer

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    Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is one of 2016's most formidable films. For over 25 years, Scorsese has been obsessed with this story which follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in search of their missing mentor during a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Scorsese grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy section where both priests and gangsters lived around him, and his early goal was to become a priest before deciding on being a filmmaker. Consequently, both religion and violence would inform his entire body of work, from "Kundun" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" to "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas". But "Silence" is far from being a simple religious film about Christian faith; instead it reflects Scorsese's lifetime struggle with doubt, or, more accurately, the 'silence of God' -- a subject that had obsessed Ingmar Bergman as well (particularly in Bergman's early sixties trilogy, most specifically its central film, "Winter Light" -- a story of a small town priest who loses his faith). This is a visually stunning film with performances that are perfect -- especially Andrew Garfield as the protagonist priest Rodrigues, Liam Neeson as his mentor Ferreira, and Japanese actor Yôsuke Kubozuka (who plays the crazed Kichijiro as if he were a descendant of Toshiro Mifune's bandit in "Seven Samurai"). Viewing this film however brings with it a warning: It is not for the unseasoned filmgoer and very difficult for many viewers to enjoy or even to sit through. I found it compelling throughout but it moves inexorably slow as a silk caterpillar crawling along a sheet of glass. Stylistically, too, it is unlike anything Scorsese has given us before, the exact antithesis of his preceding film, "Wolf of Wall Street" which was profane in its crude 'fun' as well as paced like a music video, more exemplary of the rapidly vibrant editing style we've all become used to. I can't say strongly enough that "Silence" is a Serious Film, obviously made by Scorsese for himself alone without giving a single whit about what critics or audiences will think about it. At 74, he has earned that right. Here is an obsessively personal document of a great filmmaker approaching his own winter sleep. Perhaps Scorsese is Icarus flying too close to the sun but I think it likely that in fifty years from now when scholars take in his complete filmography, "Silence" -- no matter how tedious it might seem today -- will stand out as a masterpiece not unlike the Danish master filmmaker Carl Dreyer's late works, "Ordet" and "Gertrude". I certainly felt every single minute of this difficult, very trying film but I took something priceless away with me when I left the theater. I recommend it highly to the most serious and devout filmgoer. All others should best stay away.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Martin Scorsese's Great Triumph

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    ImMaryPoppinsYall
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    No matter what you believe, you must believe something. That is the core of being human, and it is the score of Martin Scorsese's masterpiece "Silence," a brutal, haunting film that will leave you in awe and horror simultaneously as its stars, disappearing completely into their roles, are tested for nearly three hours in their faith and endurance in the face of overwhelming persecution. It is raw. It is staggering. And at the end of it all, you will sit in the silence, overwhelmed by the transcendent film you have just witnessed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Undervalued Treasure

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    nrett
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    Silence is maybe the one movie that 2016 was really not ready for. People couldn't see through the religious subject matter to the universal message. People couldn't sit in their seats for 2 hours and 40 minutes. People were confused by the lack of obvious conclusion. And so on. If you can get past those things, then you know how to actually watch a movie, and you'll be able to actually appreciate Silence as one of the best movies of 2016.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A master at work

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    Drespy
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    Scorsese has had an amazing career and this effort fits well on top. He's made several films dealing with religion and his own Catholic background and issues of faith have always been present in those works. It's consolidated here. He also brings his love of Japanese film, with Prieto (Cinematographer), into the framing and capturing of the images of the film. It's wholly new, yet informed by rich history. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Intense, Moving, Shocking, Motivating

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    The shocking treatment of one human to another, heart wrenching. The film drew you close to the pain, yet safe. Your hopelessness in the ability to change the outcome, beautifully shot. The locations were perfect. The acting by all involved was incredibly memorable, often to the point of being unbelievable it was acting. The film clearly will resided in your very soul for a long time. Film making at its finest.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does for walking what Jaws did for the water

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    You'll never look at...walking... the same? Yeah walking. The thing we all do and see everyday has now become creepy. Especially if its a stranger walking. And since most of the world and people you see daily are strangers, this movie essentially will perfume how you see the world. So if you want to change the way you see the world for the worse see It Follows. If you dont, then dont watch this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Complex and moving film

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    This film is a rare and beautiful find. You can tell that the director and producers took their time and really made this the best they could. The story is moving and challenges you to consider very hard questions. Why is there suffering? Does God actually listen/care? Additionally, from a social stance, the movie offers a chance to consider how cultures interact and how new traditions take root.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silence is loud

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    Careless1
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    Was very skeptical about this movie. What pulls this movie together is the special features. It gives an insight that explains the history and the reason for the making of the movie. Martin Scorsese did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life and making you feel and live the religious persecution. Highly recommend this and watch it again after you watch the features.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Work of Modern Art from a Master filmaker.

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    Fantastic film.Martin Scorsese brings us another Masterpiece in filmaking.A journey of faith in a time and place where it was banned.Should have been not only nominated but should have won Best Picture.Shame on the Academy for letting such a masterpiece fall through the cracks.These are the type of films that remind me why I love the Art of Cinema.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Scorsese Hits It Out of the Park!

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    Without giving away any of the moments within this film, I will say that the extras, that were on this BluRay, told Scorsese's story on when and why he came upon doing this film at this time in his life. His story was almost as moving as the story portrayed in this film. This is a must see movie - maybe more than once.....

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I have no idea where to begin

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    Psychomaniac13
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    This is a great movie! And ofcorase directed by the one and only Martin Scorsese! Even tho the violence you're used to seeing in his other movies is toned down to 4 here, it still packs a great story about survival and faith! Recommend for those who believe in some sort of religion

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Film from the Master

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    Plainview54
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    Martin Scorcece's Silence is a film to behold. It is absolutely fantastic! From the amazing performance by Andrew Garfield to the stunning cinematography. My only problem with this product is that there are no special features! There is one mini-documentary but I wanted more!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and informative movie

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    This movie gives you an insight of how Christians suffered in Japan because they couldn't practice their religion freely. Many people were killed because of their failure to renounce their Christian faith. It makes you think about how fortunate we are here to choose our religion.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Story

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    Good film with outstanding performances. It's a little slow, but intense. Adam Driver proves to be an amazing actor with such range for a guy who's over 6 feet tall. He can't help but stand out physically, but his performances are truly excellent.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Challenging!!!

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    BobP
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    There's a good reason why Martin Scorsese waited to make this film for over 20 years. This is a dEEp well that is viscous and uplifting and gorgeously filmed and will reach into your guts and pull out a soul.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a true story you must see

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    To watch Andrew Garfield act in this movie will tear your heart out! it is a tale of faith and coming up against the odds that living his faith and promoting his mission in China (it is a true story!) entails

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie

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    Martin Scorsese is a fantastic director and movie maker. So versatile. The acting is great. The story is intense and emotional. This movie is nearly a masterpiece. Too bad it didn't get more exposure.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MS at his finest

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    Cmoney236
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    This man has directed some classics, and some of my all time favorite films, like Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Casino. This is a film that deserves to be considered among his best work.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Scorsese's best

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    As a lifelong fan of Martin Scorsese, I can safely say I find this film one of his most complex and personal works. A staggering rumination on faith and suffering, no matter what your beliefs are.

    I would recommend this to a friend