The Lost City is a romantic comedy action film directed and co-written by Adam and Aaron Nee. It was released by Paramount Pictures theatrically before heading to streaming services.
Dr. Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is a former archaeologist and romance novelist struggling to finish her latest book following the death of her husband years prior. Coaxed out of hiding by her publisher Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), she has a disastrous launch where she is upstaged by her cover model Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum). Trying to get out of the launch, she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes that a treasure in her book is based on a historical artifact. Alan gives chase with a mercenary named Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) to rescue her, but Loretta soon learns the treasure she and her late husband were chasing is actually real.
Sandra Bullock is a major talent who will give her all to a role and Dr. Loretta Sage is no different. The character is a more mature version of the persona Bullock would take on during her 90s and early 2000s rom-coms. She is in perfect lock-step and gives a relentless flurry of hilarious one-liners and awkward conversations.
When it comes to Tatum, he does not miss a beat. He is a versatile actor who can take on comedies, mindless action flicks, silly kids’ films, and compelling dramas. While his character is not unique, he has excellent chemistry with Bullock and keeps up with her as the movie progresses.
The two honestly make the film. It is another parody of adventure films, it was not new ground for cinema nor did many of the jokes land. I did not have many other issues with it, other than I feel like Daniel Radcliffe’s acting was wasted on a stock villain who is never fully fleshed out.
With that being said, I did laugh all the way through it. Most of the humor comes from Bullock and Tatum’s banter, but Radcliffe also gets one or two lines in there. I genuinely connected with Sage’s desire to move on and abandon her craft with her loved one gone and was rooting for her to win. Same with Tatum. At first, you think he is the stock goofy guy, but he actually is shown to have some depth and is given a decent backstory.
Bottom line, The Lost City is an enjoyable rom-com adventure with some good chemistry between its stars. Despite its faults, you can enjoy it a great deal and have a good time.
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