Throughout history there have been many famous explorers that have paved the way for the civilisation that we know today. Without them we would all still be thinking that the world was flat, and actually not even have discovered new parts of the world. Ofcourse the stories of famous expeditions can make for a very interesting movie, as we have seen in many great films the past few ages. This year, we get a movie that tells the story of yet another famous explorer, but one that maybe not many people have ever heard of.
The Lost City of Z, is based on the true story and life of British explorer Percival Fawcett. The movie is set in 1906, and we get to meet Fawcett when he is sent out on an expedition to map an unknown region of the border between Bolivia and Brazil. While exploring the Amazon forest he is convinced that he has found signs of a very sophisticated and ancient civilisation. When he returns home, he is actually ridiculed for these bold claims. However Fawcett is determined to prove his findings, and against better judgment returns to the Amazon. However, there are many things that stand in his way. Not least of which are certain dangers that might end up costing him his life….
I really love adventure movies. There is something seriously inspiring to see humans that head out into unknown regions, and discovering new and ancient pieces of history. When I first saw the trailer for this one, I really got excited for it. Sadly though this movie did not live up to my expectations and ended up being a massive disappointment. The role of Fawcett is played by Charlie Hunnam, who most people will know from the fantastic television series Sons of Anarchy. Hunnam does an okay job in his performance, although I do have to say that his fake English accent really started to grate on my nerves during the progress of the film.
This movie runs for over two hours, and really bored me to death. Mostly this movie has a lot of dialogue, which would not be so bad, were it not for the fact that all of it just isn’t very interesting. Another thing this movie kept doing was jump all over the place. At one point we are back in England, only to head back to the Amazon, back to Englan, and even at a later moment in the film we get to experience World War I. The scenes of the expedition itself were pretty much the only things that were worth seeing. We get some beautiful scenery, and a few scarce moments of actual tension. All in all though I have experienced more fun watching the paint dry on a wall.
This post has turned into a bit of a rant, and I apologise for that. I always find it a bit of a shame, when I look forward to a film, and it turns out not to be very good. That said, as with any film, there have actually been people that enjoyed this one. There have been some very mixed reviews for this movie, so really don’t take my word for it alone. For me though, this movie ended up being one of the most boring films that I have seen for a while, and as such I really can’t recommend this one.
I give The Lost City of Z a 2 out of 10 score.