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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

The Lost City of Z (M) James Gray’s beau­ti­fully, clas­si­cally filmed mini-epic tells the real-life story of lit­tle­known Bri­tish ex­plorer Per­ci­val Fawcett (Char­lie Hun­nam) and his three jour­neys down the Ama­zon in search of the myth­i­cal city of the film’s ti­tle. In 1906, the Royal Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety is of­fi­cially asked to chart the Ama­zon in or­der to set­tle a bor­der dis­pute be­tween Bo­livia and Brazil; Bri­tain is an in­ter­ested party be­cause of the rub­ber plan­ta­tions lo­cated in the area. Fawcett, an army ma­jor, ac­cepts the as­sign­ment be­cause he is going nowhere in the mil­i­tary. Si­enna Miller plays the wife he fre­quently leaves be­hind, and brings to the char­ac­ter more depth than this sort of role usu­ally of­fers, while a bearded Robert Pat­tin­son plays Fawcett’s loyal aide-de­camp. The pe­riod is im­pec­ca­bly recre­ated, as are the tense jun­gle scenes, de­spite a lim­ited bud­get. Hamp­stead

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