I borrowed this DVD but knew nothing about, it is very popular on the hold waitlist and thought maybe it is because of the pretty boys (Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattison are in it), but it is a very interesting story about Percy Fawcett a British explorer who went into the Amazon in the early 1900s looking for what he called the lost city of Z – an ancient metropolis established deep in the jungle which predated Europeans (Spanish Conquistadors) and was very sophisticated. He made several trips and some people claimed he was looking for the lost city of El Dorado. The movie plays him as a man interested in the jungle habitat and interested about the welfare of the native populations. His last trip was made with his eldest son and they disappear. No one is really sure what happened to them – did disease or wild animals take them? Did hostile native tribes kill them? Watch the film and see what you think – the film is entertaining if you enjoy adventure type of stories. Or read the book by David Grann. All I know is that I probably never want to explore in the jungle!
Read the book years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. This movie does not compare. The movie has to much of the politics and not enough of the adventure.
My spouse liked this a bit more than I did, so maybe it just wasn't as much in my taste. I found it overly long and dragging in places. Also a bit too idealized. Then I found out it's from a novel, though the author used Fawcett's diaries for much of his research (that explains the idealism). The acting was pretty good; didn't even recognize Pattinson (which means he did a great job). Some beautiful scenery and direction seemed fine.
Got about halfway through it. For crying out loud doesn't anyone read Aristotle any more? the film's plot is chopped up into too many pieces to be an engaging item. I've salads that had more integrity than this shoddy effort at an entertaining film
Charlie Hunnam is always worth a watch and was extremely captivating as Percy Fawcett. Robert Pattinson was almost unrecognizable, even his voice sounded totally different. As Mr. Costin, Pattinson was a great partner to Hunnam. A great story of a man's life's ambition to discover a lost city in Amazonia. He returns multiple times to try to find this city and endures many types of hardships, even having to break his expeditions in order to fight in WWI. I was so disappointed though, after sitting through an amazing 2 hours and 20 minutes to not see the lost city of Z, but to also find that Percy Fawcett and his son abandoned their family and left their wife/mother waiting for word of them until her death in 1954..
Great adventure story - haunting, visceral, and thought-provoking. Fawcett was basically a real-life Indiana Jones obsessed with finding an El Dorado-like city in the Amazonia jungle. What could've been a cheesy Hollywood action pic becomes an intelligent exploration of not just one of the most remote and dangerous places on Earth, but also the psyche of the type of person who finds that kind of environment irresistible. Very reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness. And it gives the natives the respect they deserve - Fawcett's belief is that an ancient civilization once existed there that equalled or perhaps even surpassed what was going on in Europe. Robert Pattinson - barely recognizable under a bushy beard - is Fawcett's quiet, enigmatic sidekick, and surprise, surprise! He steals the show. If you like a good old fashioned adventure yarn, you'll enjoy this movie.
It's an interesting story that strays a fair bit from the truth. It's not a bad movie but it's not terribly good one, either.
Mostly a confused mix of manly men running around being manly. Twenty armed men on horseback manage to kill a deer--so manly! Men go into the wilds of Amazon, which is nearly as brave as going into the gentleman's club and facing down people who know your father wasn't quite up to snuff. Women stay home, do all the research and make babies--but this enlightened movie points out that they didn't want to be barefoot and pregnant--very manly. These enlightened producers also tried to convince us slavery is bad--who knew? Mostly nonsense with a few brief glimpses of jungle.
Boring and uninspiring. If this is supposed to be a celebration of a great explorer, it came off exactly opposite. The story just seemed incoherent and worse, yawn-inducing. The score seemed to be especially effective in putting you to sleep. And some of the acting was just cringe-worthy; couldn't tell if it was the script or that the actors were just bad.
The Lost City of Z made me sad...sad because of the fact that this man was obsessed with going into the Amazon and trying to find a so-called lost ancient city. Also, because he left his family behind and in the end, he and his son appeared to have gotten themselves killed by the natives. The movie kept me engaged, so much so that I'm going to read the book. The author has a good style of writing that keeps me engaged. Over-all, I say to go ahead and watch this movie if you have 2 and 1/2 hours to kill.
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