Rating: M
Length: 101 mins
Cast: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis

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.


“Firth is terrific in an unbelievable-but-true tale that charts a course from the ridiculous to the profound”

“Ultimately, Director Marsh is less interested in the mystery that still shrouds Crowhurst’s story and more concerned with why a man would risk everything for an unattainable sense of personal satisfaction. There’s something frighteningly English about the level of delusion at play here. It’s no heroic tale; ‘The Mercy’ is thoughtful, uncomfortable viewing.” **** TIME OUT. LONDON.

“You’re going to need to batten down the hatches when The Mercy is released, lest you founder in the hurricane of hot takes it will inspire. But you don’t need a galactic brain to tease out a political reading from this true story of a well-spoken Briton setting sail into a situation he is neither prepared nor qualified for and whose bloody-mindedness, refusal to countenance humiliation and total captivity to his financial backers lead to first deceit, then madness, and ultimately destruction. Director James Marsh does everything to offer commentary on current events short of casting Boris Johnson in the lead. Make no mistake, while the opening half hour can feel like a Devon-set Heartbeat, The Mercy’s title is savagely ironic once we get to the sea.” **** EMPIRE.

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