For all its bloody and violent genre trappings, "Pilgrimage" is a gorgeously shot film that carefully renders the details of this fascinating historical period.
It's interesting as far as it goes, but you wish it would have gone farther.
As a bloody spectacle, the feature steadily builds in novelty and suspense to a queasily rousing final fight. As a meditation on the possible merits of such brutality, however, it's facile and self-satisfied.
It's an odd mixture of Sunday church and comics that probably should have chosen one or the other.
Here the filmmakers take a chance and turn a strange-seeming premise into a fast-moving tale.
Those with limited interest in chain-mail sheaths and theology should prepare to be as bored as I was.
This is one rough-and-tumble medieval Irish religious adventure, my friends.
Pilgrimage alternates long stretches of tedium with ultra-violent sequences that have the feel of medieval torture porn.