It was beginning to feel like Martin Scorsese’s spiritual epic Silence, was actually just myth. The film is slated for limited release in just a few weeks, and until today, there was nothing except for a few set images. No promo material, no trailer, not even any real word of mouth. Well all that changed in a matter of hours. First, the poster for the film dropped, then the promise of the trailer to premiere before the opening of Allied in theaters. Well turns out that was just too long to wait, and the trailer has now officially hit the web.

So now the speculation begins on whether this will garner serious awards consideration. The odds are pretty solidly in its favor given that every Scorsese picture dating back to Gangs of New York (skip over Shutter Island) has been nominated for best picture. Even more interesting is the intriguing story behind the marketing delay for this film. Why wait this long to get literally any marketing material out. Silence skipped the festival circuit, and now we’re just a few weeks away from its release, and no one has seen the movie. What the hell happened?

Check out the trailer here!

As far as trailers go.. Wow. This is a breathtaking piece of cinematic artistry. The visuals are every bit as resonant and climactic as anticipated, and this promises to be on of the most striking movies of the year. As far as performances, it’s difficult to reason what the outcome will be, but if the trailer is an indicator, this is a sure fire bet to nab at least a few nominations this awards season. Everything from harsh music, to the soft spoken and poetic dialogue, makes this preview a huge, and we mean huge, buy. This could very well be the best film of the year, and is pretty much a lock for best picture.

Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

Silence stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds and opens in theaters on December 23rd.