Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon
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The production is standard in the mix of present day talking heads and lens-filtered re-enactments telling the story of how Col. Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon some 85 years ago looking for a fabled city. The information is crammed together in too little time (runs 60 minutes) and there are definitely moments where I wish they had been more articulate with the locations being shown. For example, the main adventurer guy kept using printed Google Earth maps and showing the people he encountered in the film, but never to the viewer (and unfortunately I failed at being able to pause a quality image and figure out where they really were on my own computer).
The information presented is intriguing, though I could go for less of the cheesy re-enacting on the speculations of how they died to fir more research material into the time slot, but it was worth the watch and I feel like I learned some good history.Read more ›
Fawcett was an experienced explorer and believed the many legends about gleaming cities in the Amazon. On this trip he took his 22-year old son and his son's best friend. However, the younger men were ill-prepared for the trip and this expedition was underfunded.
In the documentary modern-day outdoorsman Niall McCann examines Fawcett's personal records from the trip, which were sent back to civilization by runners accompanying the journey. However, the team eventually ventured too deep into the jungle to entice any more runners, and Fawcett was never heard from again.
Much of the jungle that Fawcett trekked through has since been cut-down. However, this investigative team finds what they believe was his final encampment location (still forested) using Google earth and modern GPS equipment. The documentary covers some possible explanations for their fates.
I enjoyed the documentary and Niall McCann's explanations as they went along. However, I felt the material was spread too thin trying to cover every possible aspect of the event. So nothing was examined too deeply. I recommend Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon but was left wanting more.
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