The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, 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.
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James Gray
Starring
Charlie HunnamRobert PattinsonSienna Miller
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AdventureAction
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English [CC]
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English

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Tom Holland
Producers
DEDE GARDNERJEREMY KLEINERANTHONY KATAGASJAMES GRAYDALE ARMIN JOHNSON
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Amazon Studios
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Nudityviolencedrug usefoul language
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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D. BatemanReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting but ultimately unsatisfying
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This was a good movie, but uneven. It is about real-life British army officer/explorer Percy Fawcett seeking medals for his uniform and making up for the disgrace of his father. He gets assigned to map the border between Boliva and Brazil. But after seeing how the natives are treated, finding some (old?) pieces of pottery deep in the Amazon jungle, and hearing tales of a lost city, finding the city turns into an obsession for him.

For a movie about exploring the Amazon trying to find a lost city, it has precious little jungle hardships and precious little ancient ruins or artifacts. While he is a mostly likable character the movie really seems to be about Fawcett's personal, Royal Geographic Society, and military problems more than anything. It also has a social justice/class theme that seems a bit heavy-handed. Maybe Fawcett really was ahead of his time in that thinking, and his wife really did feel repressed by society, or maybe it was just put into the movie to please modern audiences?

The plot moves in fits and starts, one moment Fawcett is deep in the jungle and next he is back in England. Or they get attacked by natives and suddenly the scene is over, there is no discussion about defending themselves better or how often it happened. The movie skips hours, days, weeks, or years at will. This happens multiple times, the movie already seems long at 2.5 hours but it still should flow more logically or at least have some sort of explanation/narration between the time gaps.

The ending is not great but given the real-life story, it is understandable.
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Mystery_readerReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsThe film deserves credit for being beautifully crafted, but it really suffered for leaving out ...
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It's a shame they didn't stick with the real story, which is way weirder. Fawcett was a spiritualist who thought that there was a race of white indians living in the Amazon, and that his son was the reincarnation of their deity, and that taking him to Z would bring about some kind of golden age. The film deserves credit for being beautifully crafted, but it really suffered for leaving out such a strange and fascinating angle of the story.
158 people found this helpful
AlbeoReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsTedious as life without character.
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The Lost City of Z is a series of vignettes to illustrate the life of our protagonist. These situations are often interesting scenes, touching on many different aspects of life at the time. But I never found Hunnam intriguing. He plays the same forceful semi-father figure he did in SOA, just this time with a mustache and uniform. In our sequence of scenes I never felt any sort of character development or attachment to his character. The man failed to learn, committing similar mistakes on each of his expeditions all while maintaining an unchanging outlook. Some of these scenes are intriguing, others are not. Had the film delved more into Latin American slavery or the Amazon it could have been amazing, but instead we have our time wasted on astrologers and preposterous arguments over Native Americans' inability to build societies. Were the Aztecs and Mayans unknown at the time?
It was a wasted film. The cast (aside from Hunnam) were good, the locations were beautiful, the setting was authentic, but the soul and heart of a good story is still lost in the Amazonian jungles.
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ScottReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat do you call a good book in film form?
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This was not what I expected. Each chapter--and it feels like a book when you're watching it--is well defined, each character true to themselves, and while the ending leaves you haunted, it does not leave you unfulfilled. I sat listening to silence as the credits started to roll--I paused it almost instantly because the music interfered with my thoughts--like someone turning on a radio after a good read. It was jarring, to have anything intrude on that last, potent image.

Without spoilers, there will be questions when the film ends. You will like and dislike the main character in equal measure, both for his fortitude, his courage and his selfishness that leads, in the end, to a terrible sacrifice. But to glimpse the journey this way made me feel like I had missed out on something. Part of me wanted to be out there with them, warts and all.

Theres a question many people ask throughout there lives: if you had it to do over again, would you? I think Percy would have answered: "Without a doubt!"
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Scorpio21Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsCharlie Hunnam at His Finest
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I'm not sure what's going on with all the poor reviews, labeling this movie boring, but I wholeheartedly disagree. Not a single aspect felt forced or choppy, either. It was exactly what I was expecting from a movie on Percy Fawcett and from a director of this caliber. All the actors were a credit to their roles as well. Charlie Hunnam managed to wow me once again with his subtlety of expressions that lend a certain ferocity, even artistry, I haven't seen in an up and coming actor in a long time.

If the story of Percy Fawcett interests you or if you're a fan of Charlie Hunnam as I have become, then don't pay attention to the bad reviews. Check it out for yourself, because that's what I did and I wasn't disappointed at all.
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John KimReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsPainfully forced plot that belies the point
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The story modernizes Percy Fawcett's story to be all about love of family and uplifting opinion of the Amazonian Indian tribes, which comes across as painfully forced at times. Fawcett had some bizarre ideas even for his time, and I can understand editing or simplifying that, but the portrayal came across as very forced modernization.

Further, the plot does the exact opposite of this stated ethic. The Indian characters are extremely marginal, and it even portrays some of them as violent cannibals. As far as I can tell, this is completely ahistorical - Fawcett didn't report cannibalism in his accounts, and none of the peoples he would have been in contact with are characterized that way. It's just a way of making the story more lurid and buys into exactly the stereotypes that he supposedly opposed to.

It similarly invents lurid fictional action about the circumstances of his death, which are unknown.

The acting and cinematography are fine, but the dialog and approach to history are quite terrible.
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ValuemindedReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsIncredibly boring, inert tale that ends up nowhere
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If you're looking for a fantastic story about a lost civilization, this isn't it. Don't let the title fool you. This is the story of a British explorer that claimed to have found a lost city in the Amazon... only we never see it. The title is misleading, because the film is really just a biopic of Percy Fawcett. There are a lot of pointless, disconnected scenes in this movie that hold little interest, and seem to be included by director James Gray simply because they were in the book. Even the scenes in the jungle seem to be a random collection of shots strung together more than a cohesive series of events that follow a definite timeline. The pace is incredibly lethargic, and Hunnam brings none of the charisma to this character that he projected in Sons of Anarchy. In the end the audience is left as lost as the explorer himself.
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Trevor ElmsReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsAbove average until the rails come off in the final act
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Robert Pattinson’s supporting performance as Mr. Costin is the crown jewel in this biopic about Percy Fawcett that centers around his expeditions into the South American rainforest. If you are not familiar with that part of history don't read up on it until after watching the film.

Charlie Hunnam as Percy is passable, and he did a better job with the role than I expected. Though his vocal inflections were improved he still often carried himself like and furrowed his brow in the same way as his Sons of Anarchy character Jax Teller. The performance is also more subtle than what I had seen from him in Crimson Peak and I appreciated that about it.

It is the relationship between these two characters and their journey over the years that carries the movie in my opinion. While there are plenty others that play their part and well enough to keep the viewer interested -- it is how the two characters of Fawcett & Costin play off each other that keeps the pacing of the movie tight.

The Amazon and its people are vibrantly and respectfully represented from what I can tell. Few action sequences exist within the movie but are really quite well shot with great thrill and uncertainty for the outcome. I feel like the expedition itself was put to film in fairly genuine fashion without getting bogged down in details that would derail entertainment value.

It's all of this that makes the final act of the movie fail miserably for me. We spend so much of the film focusing on the trials of Fawcett and Costin for it to then lose its way in the last give or take thirty minutes. It rushes through tying every thread up to match with reality and the history lesson hidden within the drama.

Watch this movie for the sequences in the Amazon with the indigenous people and a truly transcendent performance by Robert Pattinson -- we had to double check it even was him at first and continued in awe after knowing so. Most of this movie is good to great. It's a shame I found the structure of the final act to be so poorly executed comparatively.
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