The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z's stately pace and visual grandeur hearken back to classic exploration epics, and Charlie Hunnam turns in a masterful performance as its complex protagonist.



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Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, "The Lost City of Z" tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) - returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray's classic filmmaking style, "The Lost City of Z" is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.


Charlie Hunnam
as Col. Percival Fawcett
Tom Holland (II)
as Jack Fawcett
Robert Pattinson
as Henry Costin
Sienna Miller
as Nina Fawcett
Angus Macfadyen
as James Murray

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  • Jan 05, 2018
    A slow moving exploration drama that has little action or adventure but takes its time with the characters, their motivations and the political climate of British Imperialism. That sounds less interesting than it is, the film never gets boring, but one should not expect Indiana Jones-esque discoveries or chases. It's beautifully shot and the acting is top notch as well. You can't blame a film for sticking to the facts, but of course the ending is very disenchanting.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2017
    Hearkening back to exploration films deep within the amazon, 'The Lost city of Z' is the most quintessential post-modern take on the genre since the blockbusting franchise of 'Indiana Jones'. Brilliantly realized in a in the slightly odd pace of the film's narrative structure, it never loses sight if it's initial subject matter of a man determined to do and find great things whilst keeping those close to him comforted. At the center of the film is Charlie Hunnam whose performance as army general and explorer Percy Fawcett is incredibly worthy of a Oscar Nomination if not an actual win. Though not all the supporting players in the film have so much of a deep focus, the narrative is nonetheless hugely investing and brings out the best of every actor embodying such complex and compelling characters. I don't even think this film needs to be expanded as if it needed to be a blockbuster, it's a smaller type of film with a huge sense of scale whilst tackling a genre we're very familiar with. Even when being based on a book by David Grann, The film speaks for itself without having to over explain anything as it does respect it's audiences until the very end. The film also features some of the most outstanding cinematography I've seen all year for it's early 20th Century period setting(s). Yes, Everyone should go see this film as it's truly one of this year's finest.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2017
    Based on a true story of a British explorer of the Amazons, who eventually disappeared and never found, The Lost City of Z suffers terribly from being overly ambitious. The poor pacing and bad editing left me in bouts of yawns, and only picked up interest in the third act.Even then, it lacked a strong climactic end. Tom Holland's sensitive acting was by far the biggest surprise, as he delivered an exceptional, though short, portrayal of Percy's son, Jack, who eventually disappeared together with him.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2017
    Let it not be said that The Lost City of Z doesn't attempt something large. Let also not be said that I was entertained for more than a couple of seconds at a time throughout the whole damn thing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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