It took them long enough. Paramount and Martin Scorsese have their new movie coming out in less than a month, and we’re only now just getting the first trailer. But at least it’s pretty to look at. After almost thirty years, Scorsese is finally seeing his dream come true, and we finally get our first look at his passion project, Silence.
In the seventeenth century, Portuguese Jesuit priests Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) are given horrifying news: their mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who has been serving in Japan, has renounced his faith and gone missing. Rodrigues and Garrpe are sent to Japan to find Ferreira, find the reason for his renunciation, and continue his mission to preach Christianity. Upon arrival, they find a world where Christians are persecuted, tortured and executed, and the men find their faith challenged by their journey.
This is the last unseen Oscar contender. Based on what is on display in this trailer, it is absolutely stunning, although I approach this film with trepidation. I’m not sure how exactly this story is going to play out, and I’m not liking the accents that Garfield and Driver are using (yes, I understand they are supposed to sound Portuguese, I’m just saying I wish their accent work was a little stronger). Still, I expect this to be an experience the likes of which we don’t see anymore, and I’m looking forward to it. It will be screened for critics and Academy members this Sunday, will have its World Premiere at the Vatican (one of a select few films that do) next Tuesday, and will premiere to the general public in January 2017.