MeticulousFor a two and a half hour epic, Silence has a sustained watchable quality about it mostly due to the relentless conflict and oppression portrayed on screen. It never bores or slows to a crawl. Every shot is artful and the setting of a 1600's Japan, protective of its culture's preservation, radiates a harshness that makes for engaging viewing. Andrew Garfield is great and his screen time is as great as it is in Hacksaw Ridge. The Japanese cast, but particularly Yōsuke Kubozuka as Kichijiro is a strong point of the film also.