‘The Lost City’ (2022) | Movie Review

Directed By:

Aaron Nee, Adam Nee

Written By:

Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee


Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe


Action, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG-13 for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.

All media used courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Loretta Sage is a romance writer who’s been world renowned for her exotic and passionate storytelling. The hero, drapes in blonde hair and chiseled by the gods is modeled by Alan, a man who’s simple yet loyal to the character. Loretta’s romance novels suddenly become real when she gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure from her latest story. Now given the chance to show the world he is the hero he’s espoused himself to be, Alan will have to embark on a journey to save the writer of his dreams.

This is one of the films this year I didn’t have a lot of expectations for, and wound up being pleasantly surprised with it! A throwback to 80’s action adventures, The Lost City is worth exploring and enjoying with a crowd, but with some notes about the third act.

I love Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in comedy films! They both are easily able to transition from serious action to hilariousness without skipping a beat. Their characters are interesting in the sense that they need each other for their success but really are polar opposites in real life. Loretta is kind of looking for a way out of the novels she’s writing where Andy only wants to escape as the character.

As the story progresses they see in each other more than what was on the surface and I think it was executed really well. Daniel Radcliffe plays a son to a wealthy billionaire that he’s desperate to best his family by discovering this treasure. His first interactions with Loretta were great, Radcliffe is continuing to surprise and delight with the roles he chooses, however towards the end there’s not a lot for him to do outside of being a little generic in the baddie sense.

What makes me really enjoy The Lost City is that its just plain FUN. There’s nothing better sometimes then a fun, silly action adventure romance that can lift someones mood without having being “the best thing since xxxx”. It has heart, humor, and is one anyone can jump into and enjoy. The ending may feel a little formulaic, but still I would recommend checking this out.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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