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The Mercy

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United Kingdom

2018

1h 42m

Director James Marsh

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss

Genre Drama, Adventure

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In 1968, Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor, endangers the fate of his family and business, and his own life, blinded by his ambition to compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, attempting to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the world without making any stopover.

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80

Empire by Andrew Lowry

Despite the hint of a stiff-upper-lip kind of reserve, this is astonishingly brutal. And Firth’s performance makes this dark, dark story land.
70

Variety by Guy Lodge

Directed with even-keeled intelligence by James Marsh, and buoyed by a performance of customary reserve and resolve from Colin Firth, The Mercy tells its story...about as well as it can be told. Yet there’s no denying it’s a muted, disconsolate affair, one that by necessity shrinks before viewers’ eyes into something less rousing and noble than what they were initially promised.
60

Screen International by Kim Newman

The later stretches, which are forced to become oblique and symbolic in the absence of any hard evidence about what really happened to the sailor, showcase some of Firth’s best screen work.
80

Total Film by Matt Maytum

Firth is terrific in an unbelievable-but-true tale that charts a course from the ridiculous to the profound.
88

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s one of those limited-release films that few will see, with acting so compact and contained that everyone who loves great screen performances should. Weisz, Firth and Thewlis give us understated, unfussy performances that lift The Mercy, a wonderfully tragic story with a hint of magnificence about it.

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