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Convincing and sympathetic portrayal of a flawed individual
on 14 June 2018
The Mercy is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst who was obsessed with becoming the first man to sail single handed around the world. I followed newspaper reports of his progress at the time, little knowing along with the rest of the world that a greater drama was being played out. The film explores this complex man and Colin Firth's performance is sympathetic. He was always chasing a dream, was utterly selfish and left his family and debts to take part in a 'race' to be first. His deluded self belief was what drove him to extraordinary lengths and if you don't know the ending, watch the film...
This is a film which really gets to the heart of the people involved. It has credibility and substance and I really enjoyed it. A Race Too Far and a book about Crowhurst's journey are excellent reads which flesh out the detail. The DVD has loads of worthwhile extras including a behind scenes featurettes and very interesting Donald featurette.