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It is amaz­ing that Hol­ly­wood waited so long to take a crack at the fas­ci­nat­ing true story of early 20th cen­tury car­tog­ra­pher Percy Fawcett. Tra­di­tion­al­ist film fans who know a gen­uine old-school epic when they see one will want to be all over this sur­pris­ingly soul­ful ad­ven­ture flick. An im­pec­ca­bly crafted pro­duc­tion charts a se­ries of ex­pe­di­tions into the Ama­zon jun­gle that ul­ti­mately be­came a life­long quest for Fawcett (played by Char­lie Hun­nam). Th­ese pun­ish­ing jour­neys — com­plete with un­sched­uled in­ter­rup­tions from an­gry tribes­men, an­gry pi­ranha and hun­gry fel­low ex­plor­ers — take a per­ma­nent toll on Fawcett, who thinks he is chart­ing a route to­wards ev­i­dence of a lost civil­i­sa­tion that will change the course of his­tory. The pac­ing of this thought­ful and in­tel­li­gent movie takes a lit­tle get­ting used to, but soon wins you over with its dream­like ca­pac­ity to get in­side the head of Fawcett (thought to be a key in­spi­ra­tion in the cre­ation of In­di­ana Jones).

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