March 28, 2017 Movies

It turns out they DO make them like they used to!

I love watching adventure and exploration on film and television.

Lost-City-of-Z-1Whether it’s Indiana Jones hunting for a precious artefact or David Attenborough narrating whilst a camera pans through a haunting rainforest, I’m taken straight back to my youth. It reminds me of the many times I would explore wooded areas with my sword (stick) wondering whether a voracious tiger (squirrel) would be lurking around the corner.

Therefore, my inner-child was excited about seeing The Lost City of Z.

Based on David Grann’s bestselling novel of the same name, this remarkable true story focuses on a British explorer, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon in 1905 and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

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Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as ‘savages’, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again (almost obsessively) to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.

Yes, The Lost City of Z features everything you’d expect and want from a jungle adventure, including cannibals, spear attacks and piranhas – but I must warn you, it’s a slow burner. It’s certainly not the thrill-ride some of the marketing clips would have you believe, but The Lost City of Z is a remarkable film nonetheless.

Go into your screening prepared for something more thought-provoking than heart-pounding and you’ll get much more from this 70s feeling movie told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style.

Mikey Clarke

Genres: Drama & Adventure

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen&Tom Holland

Running Time: 2hrs 21mins

Written/Directed by: James Gray

WatchThe Lost City of Z and much more at Showcase Cinema De Lux, Peterborough. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date show times. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas’.