The Mercy

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"Based on the true story"
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 6.0  (9,465)
  • 60

In 1968, Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor from England, entered the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a solo sailing competition around the world. He embarked on the journey in a trimaran he built himself, named the Teignmouth Electron. Despite lacking experience, Crowhurst was determined to win the race and collect the £5000 prize money to save his failing business and provide for his family.

The Mercy tells the true story of Crowhurst's fateful voyage, highlighting the pressures and the loneliness of the race, and the psychological toll it took on Crowhurst as he found himself increasingly out of his depth. The film follows Crowhurst (Colin Firth) as he prepares for the race, leaving his wife Clare (Rachel Weisz) and their children behind in Teignmouth, Devon. Crowhurst sets out to sea with much fanfare and excitement, excited for the adventure of a lifetime and the chance to become a hero.

As Crowhurst gets further into his journey, he is beset by various problems, including equipment failures and poor weather conditions. Despite these setbacks, he reports false positions back to race officials, gradually losing his grip on reality as he contemplates the futility of the race, his own mortality, and the dilemma of whether to cheat, drop out, or risk sailing across the treacherous Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. All the while, he keeps up appearances for the press, who are eagerly following the race on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, back on land, Clare anxiously watches as her husband's updates become increasingly erratic and erratic, knowing that he is in grave danger. She is in a state of constant worry for his safety, as are the race officials who suspect that his reports are fabricated. Despite the mounting concerns and the fact that he's in way over his head, Crowhurst's competitive nature drives him to continue, even as he becomes increasingly delusional and desperate.

As he reaches the final leg of his journey, Crowhurst is faced with a series of difficult choices. His psychological state and physical well-being are frail, and he finally makes an agonizing decision that will change his life and his family's forever.

The Mercy takes a nuanced, unsensational approach to the story of Crowhurst's journey, focusing on his character and motivations rather than trying to artificially add tension to the story. Colin Firth is excellent as the determined, troubled sailor, conveying the complexities of his character and making the audience empathize with his choices. Rachel Weisz is equally compelling as his loving but heartbroken wife, who must come to grips with the painful consequences of her husband's actions.

The film's cinematography is also a standout, capturing the vast and often brutal beauty of the ocean, the intricate details of the racing boats, and the relentless nature of the journey. The score by Jóhann Jóhannsson is delicate and moving, underscoring the emotional peaks and valleys of the story.

Overall, The Mercy is a poignant, thought-provoking film that explores the human cost of ambition and the profound impact of the choices we make. While it may not be a flashy or action-packed drama, it is nevertheless an engaging and emotional tale that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

The Mercy is a 2018 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 60.

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