Movie Review: ‘The Lost City’ (2022)

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum team-up in the brand-new adventure flick The Lost City, which may well turn out to be the biggest surprise that 2022 will have to offer. That’s not to say that The Lost City isn’t a ridiculous ride from start to finish, as every trailer made it look, but there’s no denying that the film succeeds in delivering a hilarious, over-the-top popcorn movie.

In The Lost City, 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.

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The Lost City is about as predictable as a modern blockbuster can get, but the film is packed with hilarious comedic moments from beginning to end. The Nee Brothers, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Seth Gordon and Dana Fox, have constructed an undeniably enjoyable and outrageously funny popcorn movie, that places its stars in the spotlight.

All it takes is one quick glance on IMDb to see that Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) and Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) shine brightest when given the opportunity to flex their comedic muscles, so it was a stroke of casting genius to bring them together for an old-school adventure/comedy like The Lost City. The two Hollywood A-listers clearly had a blast making this movie, and that energy transferred to every frame of this film. While we won’t talk too much about his role in the movie, it should also be noted that Brad Pitt offers a memorable and hilarious performance with a very small amount of screen time.

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Daniel Radcliffe continues to prove that he’s capable of being much more than just Harry Potter, with a role that takes him in yet another completely different direction. The actor, who hasn’t appeared in too many blockbusters since the Harry Potter franchise ended, delivers a standout performance as the greedy, entitled villain. While Radcliffe is given considerably less screen time as the two leads, he takes command every time he appears on screen and offers perhaps the films most memorable performance.

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All in all, The Lost City succeeds in delivering a funny, action-packed adventure with some of Hollywood’s most charismatic stars. While it might not be the most original movie you’ll see in cinemas this year, The Lost City will give you a chance to switch-off for a few hours and get swept away in an outrageous, over-the-top and hilarious adventure. How could I complain about that?

Rating: 3/5

About The Lost City

Directed By: The Nee Brothers

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Patti Harrison

Plot: 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 Lost City will land in cinemas on 15/04/22

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