THE LOST CITY (12A)
THE LOST CITY (12A)
Director: Adam Nee and Aaron Nee
Runtime: 114 minutes
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang, Brad Pitt
Synopsis: Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan, who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
Directed by the Nee brothers, who co-wrote the screenplay with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, from a story conceived by Seth Gordon, The Lost City is a hilarious action-adventure comedy.
Reclusive author Loretta Sage [Sandra Bullock in sparkling form] writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan [Channing Tatum]. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire, “Abigail” Fairfax [Daniel Radcliffe] who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her.
Da’Vine Joy Randolph is Loretta’s publicist Beth Hatten who also plays a pivotal role in the narrative. Oscar Nunez as the cargo-plane pilot who flirts with Beth is amusing.
With a strong ensemble and a dazzling cameo appearance from Brad Pitt, this amiable, entertaining, escapist film is shot in beautiful locations in the Domenican Republic by cinematographer Jonathan Sela.
The Lost City resembles a throwback screwball rom-com with a modern twist.
With enough enjoyable zaniness, charm and star power it succeeds because of the outstanding chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum plus a laughS-out-loud star turn from Daniel Radcliffe as the crazed, maniacal rich guy on the hunt for the treasure and showing up his younger brother.
By the end of The Lost City, Loretta and Alan are beginning a romantic relationship together after barely surviving their unexpected quest. This means that a sequel should see Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum back together, but the film’s post-credits sequence also confirmed another major development involving Brad Pitt’s Jack Trainer, giving audiences the perfect tease for a sequel.
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