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The Lost City
 review by Bobby Blakey

Sandra Bullock has been sticking to some heavier roles lately and we haven’t seen a whole lot of Channing Tatum, but that is about to change. The duo are teaming up for the action comedy The Lost City co-starring Daniel Radcliffe, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, and Bowen Yang with directors Adam and Aaron Nee at the helm. Could this flick bring the fun and laughs it promises or will it be lost in the jungle forever?

The Lost City follows brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage who 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.


The trailers were pretty entertaining but I knew this film could go either way depending on how all in they went with it all. While it is predictable and has some slow moments the overall film works pretty well and is a ton of fun. Most of this is thanks to the chemistry between Bullock and Tatum that is both heartfelt and dysfunctional with hilarious results. Bullock is great in the role bringing the straight laced character to the mix who is a strong character, but also dealing with something. For me the best was Tatum who is so much fun to watch and never afraid to be the brunt of a joke without being stupid, 


mostly. You can tell that these two are having a blast making this film and it translates into their performance.

The vibe of the film is sort of like Romancing the Stone, but a bit more on the silly side exactly as advertised. It wastes no time getting in on the fun letting the viewer know it is going to keep it light and fun, but there is a deeper element to the story. Both of these characters are dealing with finding themselves as well as recognizing more about the others around them that they had misjudged. This keeps it moving and fun while giving them something more to do than just look pretty.


There is just as much fun action as there are laughs that will no doubt entertain. Some of the biggest action moments come from another character that does appear in the trailer, but if you haven’t seen it I will not be spoiling it here since it was clearly laid out to be a surprise. Daniel Radcliffe is great here to offering up both a fun over the top villain, but also a fresh take on his own persona. With all the fan casting choices of Radcliffe as Wolverine I couldn’t help but see him working in the part after one moment in the film where it is raging. Not saying it’s the perfect casting choice, but I could see it working to my own surprise.


This is a fun flick that had me laughing way more than I expected. I figured it would be fun, but fail to really stand out. Thankfully I was wrong and it is fun across the board. Sure it’s filled with the clichéd tropes of the genre, but they work and I had a great time with it. 

In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes and more. Grab your copy of The Lost City available now on digital and then Blu-ray and DVD on July 26th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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