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34 Ratings

The Mercy

Directed by James Marsh
United Kingdom, 2018


Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.

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The Mercy Directed by James Marsh

Critics reviews

In prioritizing Crowhurst’s psychological frailty over his physical challenges (both conveyed more evocatively in the excellent 2007 documentary “Deep Water”), Firth and his director find something quietly touching, even soulful, in the character’s wretchedness.
November 29, 2018
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What makes The Mercy work — when it works — is tracing the journey of doubt and pain on Firth’s face as his ostensibly heroic expedition starts to go south early on. Once he’s at sea, the movie becomes a grand showcase for the actor’s range, as Crowhurst’s confidence turns to silent desperation, and eventually to a kind of rambling, stream-of-consciousness dialogue with himself.
November 26, 2018
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