The annals of Christianity — or if you prefer, of religious persecution — are full of horrifyingly inventive ways to maim and murder. The Irish medieval action-drama “Pilgrimage” denounces such violence while reveling in the same.
It begins with a graphic first-century stoning, chunks of scalp and skull and brain torn off a martyr by flying rocks, and eventually leads to a whole lotta sword tips emerging from soldiers’ faces. 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.