With surprisingly solid chemistry between its two star leads and an easy to admire screenplay, The Lost City is just good old fashion fun. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum riff off each other while staying absolutely true to their established one-screen personas. This adventure film also lives up to its category with some vibrant set pieces.
Loretta Sage (Bullock) writes pulpy romance novels while retiring from the world after the death of her adventurer husband and Alan (Tatum) is the beefcake model whose flowing locks and bulging muscles adorn the book’s covers. They are brought together for a book tour by super-agent Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).
During this ceremony, Loretta is kidnapped by Mr. Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) to translate an ancient text that provides the basis to find hidden treasure. This leads to some globe-trotting while Fairfax’s nefarious plans come to full fruition. This also leads to a hilarious cameo from one Mister Brad Pitt.
Films of this ilk rely heavily on the chemistry between their main protagonists and this coupling works out well. It’s escapist entertainment that requires little from its audience but delivers a substantial amount of good clean fun.