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The Lost City of Z - 1 Star

The Lost City of Zzzzzzzzzzzs. This snore-fest is insanely long with no satisfying conclusion.

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Almost 6 months after the US release of this film The Lost City of Z opens in around 10 cinemas Australia wide. Its lacklustre release and promotion should’ve indicated the quality of the film. It may’ve worked better as a mini-series, but this 141 minute film covers so much that it feels like 4 seperate films. We see 2 wars, 3 expeditions, numerous dinners and 3 irrelevant children grow up. They really should’ve cut this down to something more relevant - numerous characters could’ve been removed and actual important characters could’ve been given more screen time.

The supporting cast Sienna Miller, Tom Holland and Robert Patterson were excellent, Charlie Hunnam is very one-tone - as he is in every performance. He lacks emotion and can’t single-handedly carry this film, yet he somehow appears in every scene of the 3hr epic.

Overall aside from the fact it isn’t historically accurate, the ending is unfulfilling and it just isn’t worth your time.

1 Star

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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