The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” was released last night — you can watch it below — announcing the culmination of what has been a 28-year journey for the acclaimed filmmaker.
The Paramount film “tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden,” a blurb released with the trailer says. “The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.”
Writing in Forbes, Scott Mendelson notes: “The longstanding passion project looks as gorgeous as expected, and there was plenty of immediate buzz about whether it will be a late-breaking Oscar contender.”
Mendelson adds: “The good news is that the film … came it at around $51 million. And there is of course great artistic value in this sort of ‘for the love of the game’ cinematic excursion just as there was ‘value’ when Scorsese’s masterpiece ‘Hugo’ earned $185m worldwide on a $150m budget back in late 2011.”
But Mendelson questions whether the movie will attract a wide audience.
“This is, at a glance, a 2.5-hour, brutally violent, and relatively star-free period piece drama about Christian missionaries being tortured and theologically challenged in 17th century Japan, he writes. “If that doesn’t sound like a prime ‘general moviegoer’ cinematic pick in mid-January (the film opens in limited release on Dec. 23 before expanding in early 2017), that’s because it’s probably not.”
Here’s the trailer …