Great adventure story - haunting, visceral, and thought-provoking. Fawcett was basically a real-life Indiana Jones obsessed with finding an El Dorado-like city in the Amazonia jungle. What could've been a cheesy Hollywood action pic becomes an intelligent exploration of not just one of the most remote and dangerous places on Earth, but also the psyche of the type of person who finds that kind of environment irresistible. Very reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness. And it gives the natives the respect they deserve - Fawcett's belief is that an ancient civilization once existed there that equalled or perhaps even surpassed what was going on in Europe. Robert Pattinson - barely recognizable under a bushy beard - is Fawcett's quiet, enigmatic sidekick, and surprise, surprise! He steals the show. If you like a good old fashioned adventure yarn, you'll enjoy this movie.

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