The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z

James Gray (2016)

134min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam leads a sedate trek through the Amazon jungle, severely clipping his accent to play the real-life British explorer Percy Fawcett who, in the early 1900s, sought evidence of an ancient civilisation. The quest bristles with intrigue and frustration as he flits back and forth between England, where he is ridiculed, and South America, where his cold obsession eventually wears on his right-hand man Henry Costin. Robert Pattinson plays that role with a ruffled, hairy charm that outshines the star while Sienna Miller brings much-needed heart as Fawcett's long-suffering yet supportive wife. Writer/director James Gray (We Own the Night) delivers a subdued film overall, even down to its washed-out visuals, trading instead on a morbid fascination with how far Fawcett is willing to go to prove his theory. There is an increasing sense of impending disaster, too, whether it's negotiating with cannibals or the hostility of Mother Nature and that pulls you along on a journey that winds its way around to a satisfying end.

Summary

Premiere. Drama telling the true story of British explorer Col Percy Fawcett, who in the 1920s told his fellows at the Royal Geographical Society in London he had found evidence of a secret city hidden away in the Amazon. But proving his theory meant returning yet again. Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller star.

Cast & Crew

Percival "Percy" Fawcett Charlie Hunnam
Henry Costin Robert Pattinson
Nina Fawcett Sienna Miller
Jack Fawcett Tom Holland (2)
James Murray Angus MacFadyen
Sir George Goldie Ian McDiarmid
Baron de Gondoriz Franco Nero
William Barclay Harry Melling
Sir John Scott Keltie Clive Francis
Lord James Bernard Murray Melvin
Urquhart Aleksandar Jovanovic
Director James Gray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Mar 2017
Drama