The Mercy
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The Mercy

The real story of amateur navigator Donald Crowhurst has intrigued and perplexed the world for decades. First it was on paper, with the newspapers that told their strange journey in real time in the 60s, to later go through books and a documentary in 2006 entitled Deep Water. Logan Now, curiously, two feature films have been given the task of telling this true story on the big screen: Crowhurst in 2017 and An extraordinary trip in 2018. An extraordinary journey is the version of the events of Oscar-nominated director James Marsh (The theory of everything) from a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion).

It is the year of 1968 and the Englishman Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), a rookie navigator decides to compete in the Sunday Times newspaper race that consists of sailing alone around the world without stopping for a grand prize of £ 5,000. With the support of his wife Clare (Rachel Weisz), Zeroville his children – and all of England – the novice whose experience is summed up in weekend yacht trips leaves for the Atlantic Ocean aboard his unstable trimaran called Teignmouth Electron. Very soon, he realizes the difficulties and dangers he faces in the open sea, and what began as a mission to achieve the best time and win the race, soon becomes a struggle to stay alive and maintain his health

Crowhurst is presented as a dreamer of good intentions at the beginning of the film. Motivated by the desire to promote the Navicator, a GPS navigation device he invented in the garage of his home, Donald convinces himself that participating in this race is the solution to increase sales and save your business. Some minutes and a few scenes later, Crowhurst has managed to mortgage his house, build a precarious trimaran, get sponsorships and support from the press and start the trip. The film, when precipitated in the construction of the premise and its protagonist, does not give us a psychological or narrative context rich enough to justify and understand the extreme actions of the character, and this personal search that obviously goes beyond having a business successful. Thus, just like Donald Crowhurst, the audience is not yet ready to embark on such an adventure.

This ambiguity about the character continues when Donald gets into a network of lies about the progress of the trip. While his family and the rest of the world believe Boy Erased that he will be the winner of the race, little by little he begins to lose his sanity during the difficult and lonely journey, and records his erratic thoughts in a diary. The director James Marsh explores these travel logs, strange nonsense phrases, poems and quotes to propose a profile of the protagonist’s psyche, but he does not go deep enough into this interesting aspect. Of course, Donald is an enigma and it is only through the pieces (in the form of 25,000 words, to be exact) left in his diary that a fragile idea of ​​what he lived can be put together. However, the tape lacks depth in this aspect which distances the spectator from the story and the character.

Duration: 112 min

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IMDb: 6.0

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The Mercy
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