The Lost City (English) Review 3.0/5 & Review Rating
THE LOST CITY is the story of an adventure novelist who ends up in a real jungle adventure. Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is a reclusive middle-aged author. After the death of her husband, she retired to her shell. She writes romance adventure novels and the protagonist in these stories is a fictional hero named Dash McMahon. He is joined by cover model Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum), a failed actor. However, thanks to his role in Loretta’s novels, he has managed to garner a following. She recently published her new novel, The Lost City Of D, and her publisher Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) forced her to go on a book tour with Alan. Unfortunately, the promotions start off on a disastrous note. She is also kidnapped by eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe). He has recognized that Loretta bases her books on actual historical research she conducted with her late archaeologist husband. Based on her writings, Fairfax has discovered a lost city on a remote Atlantic island and is convinced that priceless treasure lies here. He enlists Loretta’s help to decipher an old map of the treasure. Loretta refuses and Fairfax calms her down and takes her to the island. Alan, meanwhile, witnessed the kidnapping. He is in love with Loretta and decides to save her. Thanks to their smartwatch, Alan and Beth can find out their location. Alan hires Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt), a former Navy SEAL turned CIA agent, to help him rescue Loretta. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Seth Gordon is entertaining and adventurous. The screenplay by Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee and Aaron Nee is effective. The writers did a great job of fleshing out Alan and Loretta’s characters and their quips is quite funny while being chased by the villain’s henchmen. The dialogues are funny and very funny.
The direction by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee is top notch. In 112 minutes they pack a lot of action, adventure and humor. One of their greatest strengths is that THE LOST CITY is set in the same zone as some recent films like UNCHARTED RED NOTICE JUNGLE CRUISE  etc. But not once do we experience a déjà vu from these films. On the other hand, the film’s action scenes could have been better. The film hits high in the scene where Jack Trainer attempts a rescue. However, the subsequent action scenes aren’t that exciting. Meanwhile, villain Fairfax is weak and should have been menacing. Finally, the finale is unexpected, but it might be underwhelming for some.
Sandra Bullock gives a wonderful performance and captivates with her subtly comic timing. Channing Tatum is a pro in such roles and delivers another superb performance. Its entrance scene is adorable. Daniel Radcliffe is okay and disappointed with the characterization. Brad Pitt looks hot and is making a big mark despite only having a 10-minute roll. Da’Vine Joy Randolph is funny. Patti Harrison (Allison, Loretta’s social media manager) gets no leeway. Oscar Nuñez (Oscar) is okay in a small role.
Pinar Toprak’s music fits a film of this nature. Jonathan Sela’s cinematography is spectacular. Jim Bissell’s production design is very rich. Marlene Stewart’s costumes are appealing, especially the brilliant suit that Sandra Bullock wore for most of the film. The action in the Brad Pitt track is great, but it’s average in the rest of the scenes. The other major Hollywood films have set the standard when it comes to jaw-dropping action, and THE LOST CITY falls short. VFX is top notch. The editing by Craig Alpert is super skillful
Overall, THE LOST CITY is an entertaining pastime. It has a chance of attracting some viewers due to its family-friendly theme, entertainment quotient and excellent cast.