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Review: Silence

Silence DVD CoverRelease Date:  14 June 2017
Format:  DVD  Blu-ray
Starring:
  Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

A new Martin Scorsese film is always an event and this religious drama is a passion project for the director that has been gestating for 28 years. Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield star as Jesuit priests in search of their mentor (Liam Neeson) in the Japanese jungle, where proselytising to the locals is met with savage persecution. When Garfield is captured after setting out alone to find Neeson, it leads to a cruel game of cat-and-mouse with a wily old Samurai interrogator, who will do anything to get his prisoner to renounce his religion. A kind of spiritual successor to Scorsese's Kundun, Silence is all about stillness and artistic composition; it's a film to admire rather than love, but confirms once again that the veteran filmmaker remains in a different class than most of his peers.

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