The Lost City – Film Review

Directed by brothers Aaron and Adam Nee, The Lost City is a comedy adventure film that is based on a story that was conceived by Seth Gordon, co-written by the Nee Brothers along with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Intelligent but reclusive romance adventure author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is promoting her latest novel ‘The Lost City of D’ with her dim-witted cover model Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum). But things don’t go according to plan when Loretta is kidnapped by eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) as he is convinced that because of information in her latest novel, that she can lead him to a hidden treasure located in a lost city on a remote island. Meanwhile Alan wants to prove he can be heroic just like the character he portrays in Loretta‘s novels and decides to rescue her. The two find themselves on an epic adventure that is reminiscent to Loretta‘s novels. While this is happening, Loretta‘s publicist Beth Hatten (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) attempts to track Loretta and Alan.

This film is a lot of fun. I enjoy a good adventure movie set in the jungle and this is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The two characters are very different but they both complement each other very well and as the film progresses, it becomes clear that they need each other to survive. Not to be outdone, I also enjoyed Daniel Radcliffe as the villain of the film. He is menacing enough to be taken seriously as a threat, but he also has a lot of charisma as well which makes him very entertaining to watch. I can honestly say the same thing about the entire cast as they all deliver astounding performances.

The set design is a delight for the eyeballs as well. The caves and ancient tombs looked not just amazing, but that a lot of time and effort was put into making them, as well as researching them to make them look like they are from the distant past. The jungle and the island itself look delightful, which makes the scenery a nice backdrop to accompany such an entertaining film.

As far as costumes are concerned, Daniel Radcliffe and Sandra Bullock have the best wardrobe in the entire film. Daniel Radcliffe wears a lot of expensive looking suits which helps to enhance his eccentric character, while Sandra Bullock wears a glittery pink jumpsuit which does not suit her character’s persona but is used for comedic purposes as she is forced to wear it in the jungle.

The Lost City delivers everything that you would want in a blockbuster film, consisting of a myriad of exciting action sequences, as well as laugh out loud funny moments to keep you entertained for the film’s entire duration. While predictable, the film is still extremely enjoyable. If you are fan of adventure films, or adventure romance comedy, I recommend that you see The Lost City and enjoy the ride. I certainly did.

The Lost City is on cinemas now.

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