THE MERCY (M)
CAN’T SEE A FINISH LINE, BUT THE END IS ALWAYS IN SIGHT, UK, 103 MIN
In 1968, British yachting enthusiast Donald Crowhurst entered the Golden Globe Race. A little over a year later, Crowhurst disappeared off the face of the earth, never to be seen again. What exactly happened out there on the water has been pieced together over the years from logs left behind on Crowhurst’s vessel, which was found floating intact several thousand kilometres away from his perceived position in the race. If you are unaware of the strange and troubling facts surrounding the Donald Crowhurst affair, do try and keep it that way until you have seen The
Mercy. Though this eerie, unsettling biopic does go about its saddening, maddening business effectively enough for those familiar with the finer points of the story, the movie swells in sorrowful magnitude when viewed without knowing what lies ahead. A superb Colin Firth plays Crowhurst with an initially modest, then incrementally worrying presence that stays with you well after the end credits start rolling. Co-stars Rachel Weisz.