The Mercy

2018

Adventure / Biography / Drama / Mystery

158
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
IMDb Rating 6 10 5,039

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Cast

Colin Firth as Henry Dashwood
David Thewlis as Father
Mark Gatiss as Porter
Rachel Weisz as Miranda
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874.55 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
112 min
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1.64 GB
1920×1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
112 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ian 3 / 10 / 10

A sad tale slowly told

It's easy to see what attracted Firth, Weisz, Thewlis et al to the movie. It is very 1960s and it captures the period well. It's also a very interesting tale. The main problem probably lies with the direction or possible the editing. Many scenes are drawn out to the point where you want to reach for the Fast Forward button. They're aiming for tension and suspense but it just doesn't work and makes viewing tedious. Another problem is that once you've got the gist of the story, most of the subsequent events are a repetition of what's gone before so you've both repetition and tediousness. Okay, it's not quite as bad as that might make it sound and the actors elevate it to watchable status. If you like tales of the sea or the actors, give it a whirl but you won't be missing much if you decide not to.

Reviewed by swooned 7 / 10 / 10

Why watch the dramatisation when you can see the real story?

Watch the doco on the man and the race here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460766/reference. Way better than this. This really captures nothing of what it is like to be on the water alone. It is interesting we idolise the failure when the heroes in the race are so amazing. I feel sorry for the man, but what a crazy undertaking to take with so little experience. No one is really capturing what the real people are like. The doco is amazing. I've watched so many times because the characters themselves are so incredibly different in themselves. FYI, in this first race, it took about 9-10 months. Today, the record is shy of 43 days. This is usually contested every 4 years with the Vendee Globe, but there are always independent challenges. Truly amazing.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10 / 10

The Moving Mercy

With such an incredible story that is incredibly emotional and inspiring, a trailer that really grabbed the attention and made me really want to see it and a very good cast (Colin Firth, David Thewlis, Rachel Weisz), 'The Mercy' had a lot in its favour and a lot going for it. So the potential in it being a good film was enormous. On the most part, 'The Mercy' is a good, very good even, film, its best elements brilliant. Mostly it does justice to this astonishing story if not quite fully and does a lot right. It does live up to its trailer and the cast are far from wasted. 'The Mercy' also is not quite perfect and could have been even better than it was. Nothing is done terribly, far from it, there are a few elements though that could have been done stronger. Where 'The Mercy' most excels is the acting and emotional impact. It is a very moving film (there are scenes where a couple of tissues is in order) with a rootable protagonist, presented as compellingly real and not neatly black and white. There are gripping and tense scenes on the sea, it really is an emotional story with a soul, and its restraint rather than going into overblown mode was really appreciated. Found myself inspired by it too. Colin Firth wrenches the gut and brings tears to the eye in a powerful performance. Rachel Weisz's role was a little underwritten, but she is charming and affecting with her most emotive dialogue ringing true. Also found David Thewlis brilliantly cast. 'The Mercy' is exquisitely filmed with the use of locations well done, the sea is like a character of its own, likewise with the boat. The music is haunting and understated and it's all slickly directed and thoughtfully scripted. The film doesn't feel dull generally with a fluidly and fast paced first act with particularly compelling storytelling. However, 'The Mercy' is not without issues. Not everybody is going to take kindly to some of the speculation and not so sensitive assumptions, particularly in the latter stages. The final act is not as strong as the rest of film, it's emotionally captivating but not as tightly paced, as dimensional, as detailed and not all of it felt resolved. Sometimes the non-on the sea scenes could have been more developed and Weisz's character is underwritten and not as well used as she could have been (as said Weisz's performance is great having said that). Overall, good film and nearly great, with a few tweaks it would have been the latter. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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