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The Lost City of Z (2016)

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A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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In 1925, Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon in search of a myth. What he discovered became legendary. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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21 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Z: La ciudad perdida  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$112,633 (USA) (14 April 2017)

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$8,574,339 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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Fascinated in part by Percy Fawcett's conflicted relationships with his son and wife, Gray also embraced the saga as a way of addressing issues still bedeviling the world today. "The Lost City of Z involves politics in a way," Gray explains. "The upper crust in Britain looked down on Fawcett because his father was an alcoholic who wasted the family fortune. They all looked down on the indigenous people. And even the indigenous people warred amongst each other. There was something powerful in this sad truth about human beings, that we feel the need to put each other in separate boxes of class and race and gender." See more »

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If both Percy and Nina Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam and Sienna Miller) have got blue eyes, then all their children must have blue eyes too - since that phenotypic characteristic is granted by a pair of recessive alleles, the descendants are homozygous with respect to the eye-colour gene (which is necessarily for blue), hence Jack Fawcett (Tom Holland) "should" have blue eyes. See more »

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James Murray: You don't care about us, you don't even care about going home. You only care about your lost city.
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Remake of Manhunt in the Jungle (1958) See more »

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Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2: Lever du jour
Composed by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Carlo Maria Giulini & The Philharmonia Orchestra
Courtesy of Warner Classics
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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Massive let down
28 March 2017 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It's a really good example of how a terrible script can completely destroy a movie. There are too many things which make no sense to list, but the key issues are:

For a film that seems so keen to virtue-signal about white ignorance and racism, it does nothing to explain to us Fawcett's theories about the people of Z. Who were they? How did their civilisation operate? Why did they disappear? Surely these explorers would have built up far more of a picture from the surrounding tribes, artefacts, and previous finds. There is a tiny smattering of these things, but in 2h21ms nowhere near enough to build up a mythology. Therefore it's difficult to see why this obsesses Fawcett. You literally get more detail from the quests in the Indiana Jones movies.

Instead it focuses relentlessly on the most tedious and dangerous aspects of the trips, their suffering, or switches back to London with almost every old man of course a stiff- upper-lip racist and sexist cliché. Imagine a more insidious General Melchett from Blackadder Goes Forth and you won't be far off.

There is an extremely cringey attempt to insert a modern feminist perspective. At one stage, Nina wants to go on the expedition. Her reasoning? She found an important document relating to it. This apparently makes her equal to Fawcett's many years of soldiering and survival skills. It's clumsy and anachronistic. The trip could very well kill them both and so would leave their children orphaned. Surely a more logical argument would be whether he has to go at all. He is, after all, a father, and has responsibilities at home.

The First World War section adds absolutely nothing and captures none of the horror of the battlefield. It's all just tally-ho chaps, almost Hallmark channel-like. Just awful.

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and especially Charlie Hunnam wring what they can from such a sparsely-written script and should be commended for that, which is why this isn't a 1.

Don't be fooled by the title - it's not about a lost city or even a lost man. It's a lazy and pretentious destruction of what could have been a thrilling find.


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