The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z

DVD - 2017
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The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the twentieth century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

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roystreet
Nov 11, 2017

Big Disappointment.

Primarily, it's too long and too deliberately paced: it drags: every scene seems the same: the same solemn, portentous tone; the same duration; and, with just a few exceptions, the same somber photography.

At the 1:21 mark I checked the time and almost quit; another hour to go! Sorry I didn't; nothing new in the last hour.

I think Hunnam is miscast here; he's good looking and heroic in a well-bred sort of way, but he doesn't convey the manic drive of the explorer.

The film needs more variety, more heat and wildness. It is hobbled by a preachy, patronizing, bloodless atmosphere, in that upperclass English way, doncha know? Even the Native Americans come across with a sort of Victorian decorum.

In the end, you have to ask: what is the story line? Is it "Truth to one's dream conquers physical hardships and transcends social and personal barriers, though at a severe cost"?

P.S: I enjoyed the director's commentary: he's very articulate and informative about the historical background and what he wanted to achieve in the movie.

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sdiblasio
Nov 11, 2017

I was intrigued by the subject because I was trafficked to Bolivia after I was abducted in the late 1950's. The movie was very well written. I found another piece of the puzzle to my past. The funding for Fawcett's last trip was an american-JD Rockefeller! I am still trying to find out who owned the mansion the children were at in the photo i retained from what seemed more like a retro concentration camp for bio-medical research. In the meeting with the National Geography Association, they referred to the Natives as Savages. They were cannibals, but there continues to be different forms of cannibalism up to this day(organ harvesting for one). They referred to the
Origin of the Species and the possibility that a culture existed long before they realized. On the first expedition, they wandered upon a rubber plantation. They contracted a native to guide them. He had lash wounds that indicated that he was a slave and mention his gratitude for being freed. The next visit, the rubber plantation did not exist. it was replaced by synthetic rubber made near the AG Farben plant at Auschwitz. There are questions about the validity of exploiting others for the sake of the advancement of 'civilization', and the intrinsic costs that have not been used in factoring the ultimate cost-the lives of many.

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samjenks
Nov 07, 2017

Good film for whole family to watch.

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brad53b
Nov 03, 2017

I think this would've been a far better film if they had actually stuck to the true story and not made up the ridiculous ending that they did. It is films like this that make me wonder what the filmmaker could've possibly been thinking. Both he and executive producer Brad Pitt should've been slapped with a wet fish to bring them to their senses.

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BlueHippo
Oct 21, 2017

It isn't a bad movie, but it is no where near as good as the book. The jungle scenes are "sanitized" and the character of Fawcett is far "nicer" than I think he really was (based on the book). I may have enjoyed this movie more if I had not read the book before seeing it.

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ba_library
Oct 15, 2017

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!

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WhisperedWord
Sep 26, 2017

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.

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graybear1
Sep 03, 2017

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.

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21383007185619k
Sep 01, 2017

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

AL_TIEGAN Aug 31, 2017

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..

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