Movie Review: Silence

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I was going to joke that the plot of Silence is “Spider-Man and Kylo Ren try to rescue Qui-Gon Jinn,” but the joke fell flat after actually seeing the movie. Silence is Martin Scorsese‘s latest, a stunning adaption of Shusaku Endu’s novel of the same name. Set in 1600s’ feudal Japan, it follows the somewhat dramatized story of two Jesuit priests in search of a third, lost member of their order during the brutal persecution of the Church in that era. No laughing matter–a few comedic scenes aside–Silence examines the limits of a man’s faith against the limits of other men’s cruelty.

The name “Nagasaki” immediately calls to mind the atomic bomb. However, the area is also less famously known as the center of Christian persecution in Japan, where the fledgling Church was driven underground and many of its members and priests openly killed. Silence opens by recounting the…

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