I have a love/hate relationship with these types of movies. I love the adventure, perseverance and history, but I don’t like sad endings. But, lately, it seems that all of the movies that I’ve seen have sad endings. It’s depressing.
The Lost City of Z is the story of an explorer, Percy Fawcett, who travels to the jungles of South America on several trips at the turn of the 20th Century. The first was for the British military as a surveyor. While there, an native recounted the tale of a lost city of gold. He returns a number of times in search of this lost city. I won’t spoil the story by telling you if he makes it or not.
Charlie Hunnam plays Percy in this historical reenactment. It’s quite a change from King Arthur and Sons of Anarchy. He’s more straight laced with few action scenes. It’s nice to see he has depth as an actor and isn’t confined to action roles. Many of the other actors get very little screen time, because they are either safely ensconced in civilized areas or die a quick and painful death due to disease, natives or the wildlife.
Overall, good movie. Even with the sad ending, I would consider watching it again.