One of the “big” movies to release in 2022, full of A-listers, The Lost City is on streaming and as such, naturally I had to watch.
The Lost City (2022) Film Review
Writing another book isn’t something Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is confident she has in her. She’s gone through the heartbreaking trauma of losing the love of her life. Now her life is all about safety and seclusion. Her publisher Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) has different plans for her star author. She’s taking Loretta on a book tour whether she likes it or not. What the author doesn’t know is, Beth also plans for Loretta’s extremely popular cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum) to join her.
Irritated by Alan playing up that he is Dash, the hero, and how women fawn over him, the tour stop doesn’t go well. To add insult to injury after the event, Loretta is curiously kidnapped by a wealthy treasure hunter. It would seem he is under the impression that Loretta is the only person who can translate a piece of canvas with the answer to a hidden crown. All based on a part in her novel. Much to everyone’s inconvenience, her going missing sends Alan and a Navy Seal to find her only to have encounters none of them could expect.
At one time or another everyone and their mom was seeing this film. It filled either my Twitter or Instagram timeline or both with everyone excited to see The Lost City. Perhaps because it’s the first feature at the box office of this kind of genre in a while. Whatever the reason, I remember reading all about this one and thinking it would indeed be fun. Despite this, I waited and eventually, it came to a streaming service I already pay for and this brings us to here.
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Honestly, this isn’t as good as I thought it’d be. It’s fun, sure, but it just doesn’t have that sparkle. I cannot pin down whether or not this is because of the high hype and I went in with too high of expectations or if genuinely, there’s something missing. Whatever the case, The Lost City doesn’t rank as the favorite Sandra Bullock film for me. In fact, I’m not even sure how high I’d rank it in its genre; I think something like Netflix’s The Adam Project is every bit as fun and having just re-watched the 2005 film Sahara, that’s even got “extra” something.
All that said, this one IS still a good time. Of course, this is all (or a great portion of it) due to Sandra Bullock who is just good in anything. It’s also way too much fun to see Channing Tatum in something again. It feels like forever ago that I was watching him in films like She’s the Man or Step Up, and yes, he does put on his dancing shoes in this. If you’ve been fortunate enough not to read about this one and enjoy surprises, all I’ll say is, there’s some a-list star power and it’s really quite fun to see them appear on screen and realize who they are.
If you enjoy a fun time and something that has a few nuggets of emotional payoff, then The Lost City may be your jam.
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Content: there’s full backside male nudity and waist up front (if that bothers you). The backside nudity lingers for a bit while leeches come off the buttocks and back. Then there’s a scene involving having to “check” the front of the man (it’s all played for laughs). There’s some innuendo and suggestive remarks, but nothing graphic. Some “tense” moments like being tied up, running from gunfire or surrounded by snakes. The film is PG-13 and also includes some commonplace profanity.