James Gray's "The Lost City of Z" is a movie where all the elements are there compelling story, fascinating location, strong cast, good performances, painstaking craftsmanship but the whole is less than it somehow should be.
Using the book by David Grann as his source, writer-director Gray ("Two Lovers," "We Own the Night") tells the story of Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who is introduced as a British Army officer whose hopes of advancement are thwarted by his lack of social standing. To secure some glory and rebuild his family name, he takes an assignment with the Royal Geographical Society to lead an expedition to map the border between Brazil and Bolivia.
Leaving behind his loyal wife, Nina (Sienna Miller), Fawcett employs a savvy assistant, Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson, virtually unrecognizable behind spectacles and a bushy beard), and ventures into the jungle. Fawcett's discoveries of natives whose civilization predates Europe's are met with scorn back in London. So he mounts a second expedition, bankrolled by a nobleman, James Murray (Angus Macfadyen) but Murray's presence on the trip proves a hindrance.