'PILGRIMAGE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five) <br><br>An Irish medieval thriller starring Tom Holland (now of 'SPIDER-MAN'fame) and Jon Bernthal (of TV's 'THE PUNISHER' fame, and 'THE WALKINGDEAD'). It tells the story of a group of Irish monks (in 1209 Ireland)transporting a holy relic to Rome. When they realize just how importantthe relic is, their journey becomes much more dangerous. The moviecostars Richard Armitage, Stanley Weber, John Lynch and Eric Godon. Itwas directed by Brendan Muldowney, and it was written by JamieHannigan. It's received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it'sbeing released on VOD and at the Box Office (in limited indie theaters)this weekend. I really enjoyed it.<br><br>The story is set in 1209 Ireland, a time when tribal wars were extremeand Norman invaders were becoming more dominant. A group of monks aretasked with delivering their holiest relic to Rome. They're lead by ayoung Novice (Holland), and a mute lay-brother (Bernthal) with amysterious and violent past. As the monks realize how valuable andsignificant the relic is (to others as well), their journey becomesmuch more dangerous (and quite bloody). Disputes between the monksthemselves also become a serious problem.<br><br>The film is pretty well made, acted and it's quite involving. It'spretty dark, and it's also surprisingly graphically violent! It hassome pretty good commentary to deliver on religious beliefs too, andthe horrific power many people give them. It also has three goodperformances from Holland, Bernthal and Armitage. Holland actuallyreminds me a lot of Frodo in the film, he looks a lot like him andthere's even a lot of parallels between the two roles (and the movieseven). Armitage is a great villain too, but the coolest part of thefilm has got be Bernthal as the badass mentally unstable antihero. Ihad a lot of fun watching him dominate his action scenes. It's anentertaining movie for sure.<br><br>Watch an episode of our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at:https://vimeo.com/230044658
Adventure / Drama
Adventure / Drama
Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery's holiest relic to Rome, the monks' progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past. As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the east coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger. The monks belatedly realize that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction.
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