The Lost City of Z
Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Franco Nero, Harry Melling & Angus Macfadyen
Director: James Gray
Running Time: 141 minutes
Certificate: 15 - contains brief strong violence and gory images
"With lush visuals, intelligent performances and a lingering lyricism, this is an instant classic that guides viewers on their own journey through exhilaration, trepidation, wonderment and ultimately, faith. Its ambiguous, beautiful finale is a sequence as rhapsodical as any Malick movie"
- Jane Crowther, Total Film
"The grandeur of this movie is off the charts; you’ll almost explode with joy. For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"The Lost City of Z is a film as transporting, profound and staggering in its emotional power as anything I’ve seen in the cinema in years. As a work of filmmaking, it’s an immediate classic, fit to stand beside the best of Werner Herzog and Stanley Kubrick"
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Beneath the slow roll down the river there’s a fascinating, mercurial screenplay; a rich statement about wonder, beauty and loss; it’s a small bit of perfection that all who regularly attend the cinema are on a seemingly fruitless quest to find"
- Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
"Solid and stately, a ’70s-feeling jungle adventure film that’s consciously more of a thought-provoker than an excitement-inducer. It’s a difficult story to end, but here Gray excels, going out on an oblique but elegant note that is somehow simultaneously unnerving and sublime"
- Dan Jolin, Empire
"A gorgeously-shot existential epic, James Gray’s brilliant new feature is both a throwback to an era in which rip-roaring yarns about imperial adventurers were commonplace and a story with a strong and disturbing contemporary resonance"
- Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (the inspiration for Kipling’s poem The Explorer), who journeyed into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovered 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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