Spider-Man’s Tom Holland Stars In Bloody Irish Action Film PILGRIMAGE

Marvel’s New Spider-Man, Tom Holland Stars In Irish Warrior Monk Movie PILGRIMAGE

Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming), Jon Bernthal (Marvel’s Punisher) star in Pilgrimage. The film co-stars,  David Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger), John Lynch (The Fall, In The Name Of The Father) and Stanley Weber (Outlander). 

The film first caught my attention when it was first announced back in 2014. The popular independent production company, XYZFilms  (The Raid 1+2) were added as co-producers. XYZFilms have a great eye for picking the best upcoming action movie on the market.  With funding from the Irish Film Board, filming first began on the West Coast of Ireland in 2015.

Tom Holland Pilgrimage
Tom Holland was sending audition tapes for his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming during filming.

13th Century Ireland, the year 1209.

In the opening scenes of Pilgrimage, we watch a man get savagely stoned to death. Years later, the large rock that delivered the final, devastating blow is now guarded heavily in an Irish monastery.  When a message is received from a religious hierarchy; Brother Diarmuid (Tom  Holland) and his mute lay-brother (Jon Bernthal) must transport Ireland’s holiest relic to Rome.

Two soldiers arrive on the shores of Ireland, ordered to help protect the ancient relic. In the harsh, unforgiving landscapes of ancient Ireland, the group begin their Pilgrimage to Rome.

Of course, it ain’t long before the group come under attack from endless waves of enemies. The monks and soldiers must fight for survival and to stop the relic from falling into the wrong hands.

I have to point out that, Tom Holland speaks some dialogue in Gaelic which was indeed impressive. Additionally, other languages spoken are: English and French, but it’s mainly in English. So, for those of you who that don’t like reading subtitles, you have nothing to worry about.

Filmed on the West Coast of Ireland and Belgium.

Main Filming locations  were: 

  • Clonbur, County Galway
  • Connemara, County Galway
  • County Mayo
  • Ardennes, Belgium

Pilgrimage also has wonderfully choreographed action scenes, with some sequences reminiscent of HBO’S, Game Of Thrones. If you’re a Game Of Thrones fan, then you’ll know the level of violence I’m on about. If you’re not a fan of the action scenes, then it’s best if you look away as they can get be very graphic.

It’s important to realise that; in Ireland, we haven’t seen a movie of this calibre, or genre. Here’s proof that with the right talent in front and behind the camera,  it’s achievable This film is just as strong and historically detailed as any other film in the same genre. Above all, Brendan Muldowney’s, Pilgrimage is a phenomenal achievement for our small Island and Irish cinema.

Directed by Brendan Muldowney 

Written by Jamie Hannigan.

Produced by:

  • Irish Film Board
  • Savage Productions
  • Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
  • Wrong Men North 
  • XYZFilms 
  • Distributed in the U.K and Ireland via Studio Canal







Finally. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.


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