James Gray’s 2016 release turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
This is not a adventure movie, but a movie of youth’s unrealized aspirations, which at a later age turn into obsession with the desire to achieve the same as fast as possible. Along with achieving the same, there are dual responsibilities of managing a family, maintaining a career to provide for the upkeep of the family and tackling the politics at workplace that come along with it. Sounds familiar doesn’t it ?
The movie is based on the awesome true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who along with his young son went missing in the amazon jungles during early 20th century, trying to search for a lost city which he named as Zed [Z].
During an initial exploration, he finds ancient pottery and signs of an civilization which was more advanced than the western civilization, which is of course scoffed upon by the colonial British of the times. His struggle [Note this was early 20th Century], and desire to reach the lost city despite the dangers of the Amazon, is what the movie is about.
Charlie Hunnam immerses himself in the role of Percy Fawcett and you cannot imagine anyone else as Percy. He carries the 2 hour and 20 minute long movie on his shoulders along with a very competent ensemble of supporting actors, especially Robert Pattinson in a surprise character role. The camera work is excellent and Amazon Jungles are the star of the film, the dangers, the excitement of what lurks in those jungles and the so called savages that reside in it.
The movie is not a thrill ride or a adventure movie, and the pace may be slow for some however it is definitely a one time watch, and the story is sure to linger around you for quite some time. I was impressed enough to do more research on Percy Fawcett on the web post watching this movie. Intend to purchase the below book on which the movie is based.