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The Lost City Film Review

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The Lost City is a recently released American action, adventure, and comedy film. The film was directed by the Nee brothers. They co-wrote the screenplay with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, from a story conceived by Seth Gordon. 

The film talked about a novelist and her cover model, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, respectively, who must escape a billionaire, Daniel Radcliffe, and find the lost ancient city depicted in one of her books. Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt also star in the film.

The project was made public in October 2020, with Bullock joining as producer and star and Tatum joining in December of the same year The rest of the cast was announced to the public the following year.

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Filming took place from May to August 2021, in the Dominican Republic The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2022 and was released to theaters by Paramount Pictures in the United States on March 25, 2022. The film has totaled over $163 million worldwide, making it the ninth highest-grossing film of 2022.

Loretta Sage is a reclusive middle-aged author who writes romance-adventure novels centered around a fictional hero named Dash McMahon, who is portrayed by cover model Alan Caprison. Her publicist, Beth Hatten, insists that she must embark on a book tour with Alan to promote her latest work.

The Lost City Film Review

After a disastrous start, mostly due to the popularity of Alan’s Dash persona, Loretta is captured by a kidnapper named Abigail Fairfax, a billionaire who realizes that Loretta has based her books on actual historic research she did with her late archaeologist husband. He has discovered a lost city on a remote Atlantic island and is convinced that this is the location of the “Crown of Fire”, a priceless treasure. When Loretta declines to help decipher an ancient map to the treasure, Fairfax, who fears the site will be destroyed by an active volcano, chloroforms Loretta and takes her to the island.

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Alan, who is secretly enamored with Loretta, witnesses her kidnapping. He recruits Jack Trainer, a former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, to meet him on the island and coordinate a rescue attempt. Jack, with no assistance from Alan, breaches Fairfax’s compound and frees Loretta, but is shot in the head before they can make it to the airport, forcing Loretta and Alan to escape into the jungle.

Loretta and Alan spend a day fighting off Fairfax’s henchmen before reaching a nearby village, where upon hearing a folk song from a local, Loretta deduces that the crown is hidden in a sinkhole in the jungle. Before the duo can leave, Fairfax captures Loretta again which ensues a chase by Alan to save Loretta. The pair are then forced to share the treasure’s location with Fairfax. Upon reaching the location, they discover the tomb but realize it is not a monument for Kalaman’s power but a hiding place for the queen to grieve for her husband and that her “Crown of Fire” was made of red seashells gathered by her husband who is buried with her. The actual treasure of the legend was not a priceless jewel but the inseparable love between the king and queen. Infuriated, Fairfax forces them into the tomb as the volcano erupts, but Rafi, one of the henchmen, has a change of heart and leaves a crowbar to help them escape before abandoning Fairfax on the island. Beth arrives with the local coast guard and Fairfax is arrested. Loretta’s next book, based on their adventures, is a hit, and she and Alan share a kiss while on vacation.

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In a mid-credits scene, Jack, having survived his attempted killing, attends a yoga class alongside Loretta and Alan, surprising them.

CAST

The Lost City Film Review

  • Sandra Bullock – Loretta Sage, a successful yet depressed best-selling romance novelist. She also plays Dr. Angela Lovemore, the heroine in her book series.
  • Channing Tatum – Alan Caprison, a cover model for Loretta’s novel The Lost City of D. He also plays Dash McMahon, the heroic main character in her book series. 
  • Daniel Radcliffe – Abigail Fairfax, a billionaire and international criminal who captures Loretta in the hope that she will lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure featured in one of her books.
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph – Beth Hatten, Loretta’s publicist.
  • Patti Harrison –  Allison, Loretta’s social media manager.
  • Oscar Nunez – Oscar, an eccentric cargo plane pilot.
  • Brad Pitt – Jack Trainer, human tracker and action man.
  • Bowen Yang – Ray the Moderator
  • Joan Pringle – Nana
  • Héctor Aníbal – Rafi
  • Thomas Forbes-Johnson – Julian

Additionally, Raymond Lee appears as Officer Gomez, co-director, Adam Nee appears as Officer Sawyer and Stephen Lang appears as the fantasy villain imagined by Loretta.

Directed by: Adam Nee and Aron Nee

Screenplay by: Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee and Aron Nee

Story by: Seth Gordon

Produced by: Liza Chasin, Sandra Bullock, and Seth Gordon

Production Company: Fortis Films, 3dot Productions and Exhibit A

FILM PRODUCTION

In October 2020, it was announced that Sandra Bullock would star in the film, The Lost City of D, with Aaron and Adam Nee directing from a screenplay by Seth Gordon and Dana Fox, with Bullock serving as a producer under her Fortis Films banner, and Paramount Pictures to distribute.

 Bullock had originally passed on the project because she felt the story was “outdated” due to it being in development for seven years. In December that same year, Channing Tatum was cast as the male lead. Between March and April 2021, Patti Harrison, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, and Oscar Nunez were added to the cast, with Pitt and Lang appearing in a cameo role. 

Central photography began in May 2021, and took place in the Dominican Republic, including Samaná, Santo Domingo, Casa de Campo, Monte Plata Province and Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.Filming wrapped on August 16, 2021.

The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival on March 12, 2022. In October 2021, it was announced that The Lost City of D had been retitled The Lost City, and that the film would be theatrically released on March 25, 2022, after previously having been set for an April 15, 2022 release. On March 1, 2022, the film’s release in Russia was canceled due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The film became available to stream on Paramount on May 10, 2022. It was also released on EPIX on the same day as part of Paramount’s pay-one window deal with the company. It will also be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 26 by Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment. 

Looking for an action, adventure and comedy film? You should give this film a trial and let us know what you think.  

 

 

 

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