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Unfortunately, We Couldn’t Find Any Streaming Offers For The Lost City.

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“The Lost City” isn’t an incredibly unique film; its premise draws on “Romancing the Stone” and countless other adventure movies. Its punchlines are recognizable as the volcano dominating the remote island where most of the story takes place. This is a movie you can get a clear sense of from its opening moments, every beat telegraphed.

Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock), a famous author of fictional adventure novels, is going through a mid-life crisis on a personal and professional front. She is lonely, depressed, and out of ideas to write another book, even as her publicist Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), is breathing down her neck to do more.

Unfortunately, We Couldn't Find Any Streaming Offers For The Lost City.
Unfortunately, We Couldn’t Find Any Streaming Offers For The Lost City.

It’s a tale (of a treasure hunt) as old as time, and there’s some novelty in the way directors Aaron and Adam Nee execute it. As soon as the setting shifts to the jungle, we as the audience are also transported and sucked into the reckless, sometimes dangerous adventure, and at most times, funny and childish.

And that’s pretty much the high point of this quirky escapade that benefits immensely from many star actors, who perform well despite being overqualified and too mature for roles like these.

Directors and co-writers Adam and Aaron Nee understand precisely what their audience wants—much like a good romance novelist might—and deliver an undeniably charming (and refreshingly IP-free) romantic romp.

Unfortunately, We Couldn’t Find Any Streaming Offers For The Lost City.

Fairfax knows that the lost city from Loretta’s book is accurate, and he wants her to translate some ancient writing that leads to a treasure before a volcano erupts and covers the whole thing.

It’s clear that they are having a lot of fun playing their onscreen avatar, but there is little conviction in what they’re made to do. Thankfully, there are more real locations than special effects, which is always welcome in these days of make-believe computer graphics.

The first half has some laugh-out-loud moments and an impressive cameo by Brad Pitt as the swashbuckling ex-Navy Seal-turned-CIA agent Jack Trainer. There are some shockers here, but the mediocre writing begins to buckle as the second act rolls.

The goofy romanticism between Bullock and Tatum is unpersuasive but entertaining, and the picturesque cinematography is eye-pleasing.

Sandra Bullock is convincing and powerful in her character of a middle-aged novelist, and Tatum looks every bit the sexy hunk who is yearning to be known as more than just a cover model. The two actors work well together as a unit.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s pushy publicist act gets a bit annoying after a point and is riddled in clichés like the rest of the few character actors. It’s hard to imagine Daniel Radcliffe as an obsessive businessman who can go to any lengths to find the lost treasure. But he looks cute and handsome, nonetheless.

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