Silence (2016)

Reviewed
Sat. 4/22/17
Silence (2016)
4.4166666666667
Acting
4.5
4.5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4.5
4.5/5
Story
4.5
4.5/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
4
4/5
This film will rock you. Be ready
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Myself
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

This film is not for everyone. And yet I believe this film will profoundly impact your life, if you let it. I want to show Silence to my kids as a coming of age movie when they are like 13+ for so many reasons - and I don't say that flippantly, I mean it. The most surprising aspect of this movie is that it's not cookie cutter or predictable like it would seem - it seems like there are going to be 3 martyrs based on the previews. However, we really wrestle with faith in this film. It audaciously questions God and faith. What happens when God is silent even when we are sacrificing our very lives for Him? There are questions in this film that I have never even thought of, and there are feelings in this film that will make you actually mad at God, but then you'll be silenced by the faithfulness and sacrifice of God. It's an overwhelming process. There are very rare moments of redemption in this film, so it's heavy. But, if you can, you really should watch this film. It's crazy to think that there were actors playing these roles, because it felt so real. It's one of those movies that I seriously would want to talk to Martin, Adam, Liam, and Andrew (yes, I like using people's first names) about what it was like to make this. Beautiful.

Acting
Other than casting white people for Portugese roles and having 17th century Japanese people know basic English, I have no complaints on the acting. In fact, I can't believe how good it is. Andrew Garfield, who is not my favorite, showed a depth to his acting that was profound and beautiful. Liam and Adam offered great support and our Japanese insurrectors were incredible, weirdly realistic.

Morality
Martyrdom, sacrifice, faith struggles, Jesus - this is my kind of movie. And it's not for young kids.
 
Music
The music adds to the depth. This movie doesn't stop at any point from making you feel.
 
Story
This film offers a whole different approach to what we might predict it would be about. I came in to this thinking it will be like the Jim Elliot story/movie of Japan (Jim Elliot and his friends tried to preach the Gospel in South America and all died. After a while, their wives actually visited the area where they were martyred and forgave the village and everyone becomes a Christian). This is NOT that movie. This is brutal and the struggle is mezmorizing.

Visuals
There are some inconsistent components in the visuals (I feel like I could tell when the 2nd unit was working vs the first unit - I'm probably not that good though), but overall the setting and set ups are gorgeous. They had to dub in several lines, which was semi distracting.  
 
Kernel-Factor
As I retold this film to my wife, I found myself falling in love with it all over again and recognizing just how much I loved it. It's important to talk to people after you see a film like this because you'll realize how much it did to your spirit. Very powerful.

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