THE MERCY (M)

CAN’T SEE A FIN­ISH LINE, BUT THE END IS AL­WAYS IN SIGHT, UK, 103 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | MOVIES -

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.

RACHEL WEISZ AND COLIN FIRTH IN A SCENE FROM THE MERCY.

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