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The Lost City of Z



* * * * (Joyce)

* * * ½ (Don)

(True exploration story)

The true story of British soldier/explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) begins in 1905 when the Royal Geographic Society entices him to travel to Bolivia to map out uncharted territories. His initial trek is filled with danger and uncertainty, as he and his companion (Robert Pattinson) encounter natives with bows and arrows, deadly piranhas, cannibals, a raging river and difficult terrain.

Forced to turn back, Fawcett is convinced there is a lost city hidden deep in the jungle, where an ancient civilization existed. He is laughed at by his peers, returning to Bolivia to prove his theory, only to be turned back again as he and his crew nearly miss their destination.

Fawcett is relentless in his search, putting his men at great danger and leaving his wife and young children for long periods of time, as he becomes obsessed with his quest. The movie is filled with adventure and incredible shots of the jungle, raging river and countryside. So much time has passed that his oldest son has grown into a young man and accompanies him on his final trip in 1924.

If you know your history (we didn't), you know what happens. We won't tell you, but the final credits to this long (2 hours and 20 minutes) movie will.

"The Lost City of Z" is a fascinating tale of obsession and a look at a forgotten piece of history. I thought it was a bit too long and included a bit more of the back story than I needed to know. As usual, Joyce disagreed.

Rated PG-13, with some violence, profanity, "National Geographic" nudity and tense situations.


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