Opening 21 Apr 2022
Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Writing credits: Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee, Aaron Nee, Seth Gordon
Principal actors: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt
In this action-packed romantic comedy, Loretta (Sandra Bullock) is a best-selling romance novelist, whose publisher Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) urges her to embark on a book tour to promote her newest book. Beth has also brought along Alan (Channing Tatum), the sexy model featured on all of Loretta’s book covers, the physical embodiment of her romantic male character, Dash. When Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe), Alan sets off to rescue her, setting in motion an escape through an island jungle as Loretta and Alan flee evil henchmen and discover feelings for each other.
The Lost City is a pretty straightforward romcom, which doesn’t have a lot of surprises and isn’t particularly original but is nevertheless lots of fun to watch. Bullock and Tatum have real chemistry on screen, and both of them know how to use their bodies as physical tools for laughs, even when some of the gags they’re engaged in are kind of dumb. There are some laugh-out-loud moments of clever banter and plenty of eye candy to go around, including a hilarious role for Brad Pitt, playing a very tongue-in-cheek version of, well, Brad Pitt. His role alone is worth the ticket price. In fact, everyone in this movie is doing a pretty good job on the acting front, from Bullock, who manages to balance relatable with sexy, to Radcliffe who plays a convincingly bratty rich villain. The Lost City is an entertaining romp, simple and silly with plenty of sequins. (Diana Schnelle)