Movie Review – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Ken Stott, Eleanor Stagg, Finn Elliot, Kit Connor, Oliver Maltman, Mark Gatiss, Simon McBurney, Sam Hoare, Avye Leventis, Andrew Buchan, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, Simon Chandler, Genevieve Gaunt, Alexia Traverse-Healy, Dorothy Atkinson, Sebastian Armesto, and Martin Marquez.

Synopsis:

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

If the first act of The Mercy feels somewhat rushed, that’s because director James Marsh is more interested in the psychological effects of failing an extremely ambitious goal. Having made Man on Wire (the outstanding documentary detailing the before and after of Philippe Petit’s insane tightrope walk between New York skyscrapers), it’s clear that the
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