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The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American action adventure biographical film written and directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book of the same name by David Grann.[2] It describes real events, about British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son on an expedition.[3] It stars Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett[4] along with Robert Pattinson as his fellow explorer Henry Costin and Sienna Miller as his wife Nina Fawcett.[5]

The film had its world premiere as closing night film on October 15, 2016, at the New York Film Festival.[6] The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 14, 2017, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.

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I can completely understand why someone would love this and it's going to be a "best of the year" pick for so many cinephiles. It's a gorgeous movie on a technical level with some stunning cinematography and a few excellent sequences. Unfortunately I didn't find it compelling at all and the two-and-a-half hour runtime was excessive and made the film seem endless. There are no real dramatic missteps here but the story is very predictable and by-the-books in the way that it is told and I felt a lot of the dialogue felt very unnatural. Performances were decent - Charlie Hunnam was probably the best I've seen him and Sienna Miller was also strong. I think it's a film that is a bit easier to admire than love. B-/C+



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I am in the same boat as cory.

This is a gorgeous film to look at and the camerawork is impeccable. The movie checks all boxes in terms of story, narration, stakes, drama and execution, without many loose ends. But its really long and the repetitive structure makes it feel even longer. After the second trip I just couldn't wait for this to end and while I do love the ending it needed to sweep you away with either emotion or surprise after such an exhaustive experience. Few notable loose ends (I believe would have turned out good in the book) are the real world fame for the explorers and the outer-world belief in Z, the middle act story of Murray (played wonderfully by Angus MacFadyen), plus the respect/honor relationship of Percy with the Amazonian natives. The performances are decent overall but no one really stands out here other than Angus MacFadyen in a short role.

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