The Lost City of Z (15)
2016 ( USA ) ( Action, Adventure, Biography )
DIRECTOR: James Gray
STARRING: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett who discovers evidence of an unknown civilisation in the Amazon jungle at the turn of the 20th Century. He chafes against the jingoism and racism of fellow members of the Royal Geographical Society who persist in seeing the indigenous South Americans as savages and “primitives”. If Fawcett can find the fabled “lost city of Z”, he will be able to prove that there was civilisation deep in the jungle long before Christianity was born. Mocked by his peers, the discovery becomes an obsession from which he can’t escape – regardless of the impact this has on his life.
The film does a fantastic job of displaying the character’s deep-rooted passion for travelling afar. 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.