Movie Review: Silence

The price for your glory is their suffering!

Silence is directed by Martin Scorsese it stars Andrew Garfiled, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.

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Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travels to Japan to find their mentor, Liam Neeson. Unfortunately at a time where Christianity is frowned upon, the priests have to tread lightly in the country in order not to be caught by the inquisitor.


The Good

This movie is gorgeous, from the set location to the muted colours and costume design, the movie looks incredible, with a forty million budget the movie looks like it was filmed with at least a hundred million.

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The performances are also great with very little flaw on the acting. Issei Ogata, steals the show as the inquisitor who was phenomenal in his role. Though credit is also given to both Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver who also gave great performances.

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The story is the main driving point of the film with Scorsese directing, we know we’re gonna get something epic and that’s exactly what we have here. It’s an incredibly gloomy and depressing at times with very little respite from the heavy mood that the film is resonating. However the conflicting ideas is what keeps this movie interesting, the stubbornness of one man led by his fate versus a man who recognizes a move bent on colonialism. It makes a very interesting clash of wills.


The Bad

The movie however has some flaws, one being it’s two hours and forty minute long. The long silent moments in the first act drags this movie out tremendously.

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Another issue is the consistencies with it’s characters, mainly Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield who are meant to be Portuguese priest yet their accents disappears half way through the movie.


Rating

Overall Silence is a harrowing film about faith, colonialism and one person’s vanity. The movie is beautiful to look at and the cinematography is incredible, you wouldn’t expect nothing less with Martin Scorsese and with Silence he delivers.

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Our main characters were also great especially with Andrew Garfield who’s giving it his all. The Japanese characters were given plenty of depth and aren’t treated as background characters but rather factors that plays into the story’s plot. Silence is a memorable movie, with strong performances and a story worth watching.

Good Bad 4/5
  • Great Performances
  • The Inquisitor
  • Unforgettable Story
  • Long Running Time
  • Inconsistent Character Development

Book Review: Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

“The Perfect Place To Die” The longer I was in Aokigahara, the more I believed this statement to be true. Despite the pervasive atmosphere of death and struggle and sadness, you felt cocooned here, isolated from the outside world.

-Jeremey Bates, Suicide Forest

I’ve always wanted to read or watch a documentary on The Suicide Forest. Ever since I heard of the place, it fascinated me. It’s a mysterious place, yet as eerie as it is, people are still drawn to it and reading Jeremy Bates’ Suicide Forest, I expected him to shed some light on the mysteries of the place. Unfortunately that was not the case with this book.

A group of friends led by Ethan, set out a hiking trip on Mt Fuji. Due to weather conditions their trip was postponed to the day after. The group then meet a couple who’s trip was also postponed and upon talking to them, they were told of a place called The Suicide Forest, with nothing else to do, the group joined the couple and ventured into the Suicide Forest.

I really wanted to like this book, I wanted to root for it even after reading several negative reviews. To my disappointment the book was terrible. The characters were one dimensional and flat out annoying. Ethan, the main protagonist, is a jealous guy who makes bad decisions throughout the whole book, he’s a difficult character to get behind to. The rest of the group are mostly stereotypes and there’s very little character development between them.

The first two acts were boring and it was filled with monologues that you couldn’t care about. There were a lot of unnecessary information given out and you just wish the book would just get straight into the killing or at least do something scary. At some points the book didn’t know the direction it was taking, was it going to be a supernatural ghost story or should it have a physical killer? You can call it unpredictable but by the time you realize what’s happening you couldn’t care less because you are not invested in the characters.

The only good thing about the book is the third act, which was exciting, it gave me the same feeling when I watched the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, which I liked. Overall this plays out like a bad horror movie. You have a scary place, flat characters and they’re just there for the killing. It had very little to do with the fact that it’s set on The Suicide Forest in which at times it felt like it could’ve been any forest in the world.

I really wanted for this book to do great and I was expecting a great horror story about The Suicide Forest, however this is not that book but if you’re someone who doesn’t mind a short, badly written horror story then this is for you.

Rating 2.2/5