Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Set for December Release
In what is likely a move to be qualified in this year's awards season, Martin Scorsese's lengthy epic, Silence, will start its run with a limited release on December 23, 2016. The film will have an expanded release in January, similar to last year's successful The Revenant, which usually means that the studio knows they have something good on their hands.
Silence is a drama following Jesuit priests in feudal Japan which is said to run a whopping three hours and fifteen minutes. I'm always a bit hesitant to watch very long films because I've been equally burned and rewarded by them. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one that captivates me for the entire run time because it knows how to suck you into it's world and invest you in its characters. Conversely, The Hateful Eight, while gripping in bursts, just drones on like a college history professor. I'm hopeful for Silence though, I love the setting and Scorsese has never really had an issue with commanding an audience's attention.
Look for Silence in select theaters December 23, 2016.