The Lost City of Z (2016)

Rated PG-13
Action / Adventure
Try pairing with:  Crispy Tortilla Pizza

Jen’s Rating:  F

The Lost City of Z looked like it was going to be an amazing movie. Similar to many, this movie started off super slow. Percy Fawcett played Charlie Hunnam was hired to create a borderline between Brazil and Bolivia. About 1/2 way through the movie gets slightly entertaining when natives attacked Percy and his men. Unfortunately we watched the entire movie and was very disappointed in the ending as well.

There was nothing else entertaining or engaging within The Lost City of Z.  I was very disappointed because the concept and premise has so much potential. The actors were good yet they seemed very dull and bland. I do not recommend this movie unless you want to lose 2 hours of your life that you cannot get back.

Jeremy’s Rating:  F

So where do I start?  I picked this film up because I saw it and thought it had potential.  A cool historical jungle adventure that would inevitably lead to some hidden city or an exhilarating  jaunt down a hidden river.  Boy!  Was I wrong!  I really don’t even know what to write about this one.  I don’t want to reference anyone because I really did not enjoy it.  Not only was it the first film in years that I fell asleep during, I tried so hard to enjoy it based on what it was, but I just couldn’t do it.  I was so distant from what was actually going on, on-screen that I don’t even really remember the plot coming to a climax.  It is based on an actual story though, about a man who was in the British Army, recruited in the early 1900’s to travel to the Amazon and map the border between Brazil and Bolivia due to the extremely lucrative rubber trade.

While on expedition, he falls in love with exploration and comes up with a theory that there is or was a precursor tribe in the Amazon that was advanced as European man around the same time as mechanical and scientific advances took place in Europe.  He spends the rest of his life trying to find “The Lost City of Z”, embroiling his wife and family in his obsession.  The film randomly jumps between his life exploring the jungle and his family life in England and quickly becomes almost too hard to follow.  It’s very easy to lose track of the timeline as you are watching because it jumps around so much.  This was an extremely disappointing rental, and I personally would not recommend it to anyone.  In fact, I enjoy a slow burn film that really builds on the sense of adventure, suspense, or deep character development; but this had none.  Hence, as I can find absolutely no reason to score it higher, I give it an F.

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