The Mercy


Review: The incredible true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1968.
Director: James Marsh
Actors: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Anna Madeley, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, Ken Stott, Jonathan Bailey, Genevieve Gaunt, Finn Elliot, Sebastian Armesto, Adrian Schiller, Tim Downie, Sam Hoare and Laurence Spellman
Year: 2017
Genre: Adventure, Art House, Biography, Drama and International
Conclusion: 3/5
I have to say that I knew nothing about this story beforehand. It was all new to me. Apparently this is not the only time that this story has been told and there have been TV adaptations. Also at the same time as this coming out there was a film called Crowhurst, 2017 which is exactly about the same thing. This version with Colin Firth is obviously more well known. James Marsh is the same director who directed The Theory of Everything, 2014 which again is based on the true story. Both Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz gave really strong performances. This did remind me of All is Lost, 2013 with Robert Redford. The Mercy although didn’t for me have the same impact as All is Lost. There was just something missing which I can’t quite put my finger on. Actress Kate Winslet was first cast as Crowhurst’s wife but dropped out. 


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