In this story, there is Loretta Sage aka Sandra Bullock (a novelist), who is going through a midlife crisis on both professional and personal fronts. The woman is depressed, lonely, and going through writer’s block. But Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), her publicist, is pushing her to write more books. Nevertheless, Loretta reluctantly goes on a tour with her handsome cover model Alan aka Channing Tatum. However, on this journey, a wealthy businessman, Abigail Fairfax aka Daniel Radcliffe kidnaps her. Abigail kidnapped her with a belief that only Loretta can help him decode a hidden treasure. Meanwhile, Alan, who had a secret crush on Loretta, decides to rescue her. However, this man had no survival skills.
Why should you watch The Lost City?
Directors Aaron Nee and Adam offer an adventure movie that takes us to the old story of treasure hunting (with a twist). It is a movie, where Loretta the novelist, is out of ideas to write books. And she gets kidnapped by a young businessman, Abigail who wants to unravel the hidden treasure that she had mentioned in her books. The plot of the movie starts getting interesting when the setting shifts to the jungle. As an audience, we encounter a completely immersive adventure which is mostly childish and sometimes scary. In terms of storytelling, the directors have brought in some sense of novelty. The makers have added a sense of freshness in The Lost City, which is pretty much the pinnacle of this quirky treasure hunt movie. We have seen all these actors playing challenging roles in movies. And in this one also they did a decent job.
Though they are quite mature to play roles like these, we can see in the movie that the cast was having a lot of fun. However, there is little belief in what they are meant to perform, probably because they are too mature for the roles. Since the movie was shot in more real locations, the entire setup was quite pleasing to the eyes. Otherwise, it was getting really old that movies like these heavily relied upon VFX.
The first half of The Lost City has many funny moments. Also, we have the handsome Brad Pitt (cameo: Jack Trainer) as the ex-Navy Seal-turned CIA agent. There are some surprises here. However, when we see the second half we can understand that the subpar writing begins to sag. The romance between Tantum and Bullock though seems unconvincing it was super funny. Also, the scenic cinematography was pleasing to the eye.
Tantum who looks absolutely gorgeous in the movie could have been acknowledged more than just a cover model. And Sandra Bullock playing the role of middle-aged Loretta was very convincing. The two actors complement each other perfectly. It’s not easy to imagine Daniel Radcliffe playing the role of a lunatic businessman, but he did that extremely well. The character Beth played by Da'Vine Joy Randolph was quite annoying and as the story demanded, she did a decent job.
All in all, The Lost City is a competent action-adventure comedy with amazing cinematography and promising cast. And this is enough to justify a view.
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