Silence, Passengers, Assassin's Creed The Film Review

Silence, Passengers, Assassin's Creed

Antonia Quirke runs through the New Year releases.

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half past six, with me, Ollie Foster, BBC News. First, time for


the film review. Hello, and a very warm welcome to


the film review. To take us through this week's


cinema releases is Antonia Quirtke. We are going to start with Silence,


Martin Scorsese's new film, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam


Driver, they are playing Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan.


Passengers, starring Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, about two


passengers sleeping in suspended animation for 120 years on their way


to a new colony on a far-away planet and they wake too early. And also,


Assassin's Creed, Michael Fassbender's big movie, based on the


computed game. So we will be looking at some films which were released


over the festive period. Let's kick off then with Silence, great passion


of Martin Scorsese, trying for years and years to get this made. First


got it in with Daniel Day Lewis, Gallagher -- Gael Garcia Bernal and


have you buy them have been attached to it. He was famously brought up a


devout Catholic, had a great and genuine interest in the priesthood,


at one point he was going to join the priesthood, so Catholicism has


been a real thing for him. -- Benicia Del Toro. Religion in his


films, the last temptation of Christ and Kundun but even something like


mean streets, marvellously there. What is the religious Martin


Scorsese like? This is a difficult film to watch, it is about the


persecution and torture of priests and their flock. 106 to one minutes,


incredibly long, and relentless, long conversations reflecting Martin


Scorsese's own ambiguity towards his own faith. I know that it has been


very highly praised, and not many people have gone to see it but it


has been critically tremendously well received. I found it... I think


that there is a pulse of confusion in it, I was not clear what Martin


Scorsese was trying to say. The directors he admires, religious


directors, Carl Dreier, with Joe Navarre, Robert Bresson, there is a


euphoria in those sorts of films. Things like Joe Navarre. And yet,


you can't think, this was says's moment to join the ranks of those


kind of directors. -- Martin Scorsese's moment. I'm not sure that


he has done it, but I know that many people disagree with me. -- Carl


Dreyer. Let's take a little clip here, for a preview. Padre. We have


fought to travel, for the Lord. You must pray for courage. If we do not


do what they want, then there could be danger for everyone in the


village. They could be put in prison, they could be taken away for


ever. What should we do? Trample. Trample! It is all right to trample.


What are you saying? You can't! ... You can't... As you were saying, a


long watch, a pretty gruelling watch, but the performance is good?


Absolutely, Andrew Garfield, when he played Spiderman, that role did that


young actor no favours and here he is, he has a quality of deeply


inherent youthfulness and vulnerability, anyone who saw him in


never let me go will remember that, and also, a Japanese actor, is your


garter, he plays the grand Inquisitor in this, and he is an


incredible actor, ingenious casting for Martin Scorsese. -- Spider-Man


-- Never Let Me Go. And this is a comedic actor, but he playing


someone who does the most terrible things, he's a comedic actor, he has


wonderful kabuki gestures, and the performance are something else. --


Issey Ogata. Something pretty different, Passengers, silence,


gruelling, is Passengers something easier? A lot fluffier, a lot more


fun, this is about two passengers in suspended animation, hibernation for


120 years on their way to a new colony on a new planet and for


reasons we will not go into, spoiler alerts, they wake up early.


Wonderful idea, so is able, two strangers facing an eternity


together, walking endless corridors, gigantic spaceship, and, breaking


into the entertainment facilities, and with their little wristbands,


one of the funniest things is the ways in which there is even know one


else existing, you are still slaves, your life had been formalised before


you left Earth. Also this lovely simmering sexual tension between the


two main stars... It would have been all right to leave it at that but


there is this derring-do, in the third act, not entirely necessary.


You can feel moments where it is reaching for some tougher kind of


glory, think of something like Alien and wandering the corridors of that


spaceship, intensely sinister and threatening place to be but this


place looks pretty nice. I would not mind moving there myself! There are


moments when you are shown how jerry-built this craft is, hammering


away against things, putting fuses together to get things to work, that


ought to have been frightening and made me feel how vulnerable these


people are and yet it does not quite do that. There is a wonderful cameo,


Michael Sheen plays a bartender, rather sinister. He is a robot. And


you can see that he is struggling with the part, trying to bring more


to it than is there on the page, unfortunately, it is not on the page


but it is fun. Let's talk about Assassin's Creed, which video game


players will be very familiar with, based on the video game. Movies used


to be based on novels... Now they are based on video games(!) this is


catastrophic... Nine instalments in this video franchise, one of those


movies that has been long in production, lots of re-shoots,


rejigs, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons,


Charlotte Rampling, incredible cast. To even begin to describe the plot,


I am not sure there is any point! Be assassins... Assassins against


Knights Templar, let's take a look. Do you recognise this? It is an


assassins blade. This is the actual one that your father used to take


your mother 's life. He's here, you know... Your mother 's death, not


something a boy should ever be made to see.


So, catastrophic, you said... charitably(!), I am sure a lot of


people will go to see it nonetheless. Why do you think it


doesn't work? Unbelievably incoherent, extraordinary, it is...


It opens... It opens with three flashbacks, three flashback! What a


flashback does in a film, someone is standing there and saying, hang on a


sec, let me fill you in, and then they do that twice more. Hang on, if


you don't know this... The rest won't make any sense... Three times,


15 minutes! ... Feels like the movie never start, then you are in there


and you feel like the movie will never end! I went to the cinema to


see this, two were asleep at the end of the row that I was sitting on,


that sums it up. Rugby does! Never mind. So that is Assassin's Creed.


-- probably does. Best movie out at the moment, in your opinion. A


monster calls, now this is the most extraordinary cell, actually, it is


a fantastical terminal illness melodrama for children. -- A


Monster's Call. Maybe it is not for children, it stars a 12-year-old


boy. -- sell. He's visited by a Yew Tree, over a few evenings, and it is


played by Liam Neeson, it has a wonderful shape, Dickensian shed,


visited three times to be shown things that may help you deal with


life. It is a flat-out classic, it has the emotional heft of the


Railway children, moments of iron man by Ted Hughes and pans


Labyrinth, I think it is a masterpiece, go and see it and take


all of the family. Good recommendation! Best DVD? A terrific


film which is just... Featured quite a lot in the Golden Globes


nominations. Hell or High Water, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, bank robber


brothers, and Jeff Bridges is the Texas Rangers who is tracking them


down, which sounds terribly familiar, that kind of plot, and


features a great deal in cinema. One of them is on a roll, the other


brother is a little too wild, the Texas Rangers always a step ahead of


them. It feels like a movie of the mid-19 70s or early 1980s, like


midnight run, where you come away from it thinking, you will look


through the TV listings and think, Hell or High Water is on tonight,


unmissable, fantastic! -- Midnight Run. It has slotted into that


classic film territory already, Jeff Bridges has been nominated for a


Golden Globes for his Best Supporting Actor and he does the


most fantastic thing towards the end of the movie. There is a death scene


and just in a couple of seconds you see everything that Jeff Bridges can


offer as an actor, the way that he absorbs the shock, it is a magical


moment, such a terrific film. Thank you very much the joining us. That


is it for this week, thank you so much for watching, goodbye.