Studio: RLJ Entertainment
Directed by Brendan Muldowney

Aug 08, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear
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When the Pope calls for a sacred rock said to have killed a Christian martyr and possess supernatural powers which will help his cause in the coming Crusades, it’s up to a ragtag band of brothers—in the monk-ly sense—to transport it from their home on the Irish coast, through a Europe populated with pagans, raiders, and other infidels who would rather see them killed than make it to Rome.

Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) are monks on a mission in this unexpectedly gritty thriller. With violence a looming threat at every step of their journey, Pilgrimage is real nail-biter. (Without giving too much away, there’s an ambush—where chaos erupts and arrows and rock whiz past our heroes’ heads—that is as anxiety-inducing as the opening to Saving Private Ryan.) At just over 90 minutes, this is far more an edge-of-your-seat genre flick than the moody period piece it may look like from far. We’ll call this one a medieval Mad Max.  


Author rating: 7.5/10

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