Review: The Lost City

The Lost City, a Romancing The Stone-esque rom-com-adventure starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum with a side order of Brad Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe, is a fun adventure set in the jungles of a remote Atlantic island in search of the “Crown of Fire” a priceless artefact hidden somewhere on the island.

Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire 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.

The set up here is simple and sometimes that’s the best thing as it works to the extreme. Bullock is master of playing the neurotic lead, while Tatum joins in as the man candy, who may or may not just turn out to be the hero he thinks he is. It’s one of those rip-roaring adventures that feels somewhat like a throwback to the 80’s style action comedies (The previously mentioned Romancing The Stone starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas et al). Brad Pitt turns in another wonderful extended cameo as Jack Trainer who bounds in with his Timotei hair and all action output. THe films weak link consists of the excellent Daniel Radcliffe who despite his best efforts (Having a beard) still doesn’t look old enough to be taken seriously.

The Nee Brothers make a decent fist of The Lost City, doing a far better job than the recent Uncharted with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. Once it gets into the swing of things, the comedy really hits home and simply its a certified enjoyable romp in the jungle.

The Lost City works best in it’s Odd Couple moments, be it Bullock-Tatum or Tatum-Pitt its at times hilarious. The film doesn’t outstay its welcome either, which is has not been seen a lot of recently, which is a welcome change. Is it likely to produce a Jewel of The Nile type return, who knows, but for now if you are looking for a simple getaway with a lot of laughs and some great action, then you could do a lot worse than The Lost City.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Lost City is in Cinemas Nationwide now and streaming on Paramount +

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