DVD - 2017
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Ireland, 1209. 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 significance of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path becomes increasingly fraught with danger.
Publisher: [Bethesda, Maryland] : RLJ Entertainment, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 10, 2017

This DVD is a bit grim. A group of monks have a holy relic (a rock with a martyr's blood on it housed in a gold, jewel encrusted chest) that they are taking to Rome. Of course, they run into trouble. Set in rural Ireland, the area is commanded by Normans who want the rock. A young boy (the novice) goes with the monks on the trip along with a character they call the mute (a big fellow who does not speak). It is a rather slow moving movie that gets quite violent, but underneath it all is the medieval conception of serving God and the glory of God served by violence - destroying the infidels, retaking the holy lands through crusades. In the extras the actors give a few details that should have been put into the script (why do some men think they know the mute? ) - would have clarified the storyline a bit more. Interesting combo of English, Gaelic and French reflecting the time era and interesting scenery - Ireland comes across as a cold, cruel, bitter place where perhaps the beauty of the concept of God made life worth living.

Dec 04, 2017

Started out slow. Just when it go interesting, it was over.


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