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The Lost City Of Z: Battle to survive in hostile jungle

 

By Damon Smith

In 1905, British artillery officer Colonel Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) accepts an invitation from Sir George Goldie (Ian McDiarmid), president of the Royal Geographical Society, to map uncharted territory in Bolivia with the help of tribesmen.

Percy abandons wife Nina (Sienna Miller) to venture into the unknown with Corporal Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson). Son Jack (Tom Holland) is born in his father's absence and Percy returns home with a strong conviction that he has stumbled upon proof of a lost civilisation to astound the academic elite.

A second expedition with wealthy adventurer James Murray (Angus Macfadyen) teeters on the brink of disaster, but Percy pushes forward, terrified of the consequences of failure.

Based on author David Grann's non-fiction bestseller, The Lost City Of Z is a handsome tribute to one man's struggle against himself and Mother Nature.

Hunnam delivers one of the strongest performances of his career, while Miller embodies an endlessly supportive spouse.

But at least 20 minutes of the film could have been tossed to the piranhas that swarm during one terrifying sequence.

Four stars

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