Nutshell Review: The Lost City
PG Score: 8/10
The Lost City was released in theaters on 3/25/22
Directors Adam and Aaron Nee (Band of Robbers) got to direct four of the world’s most famous faces and let them loose in The Lost City.
Sandra Bullock (Speed) stars as a reclusive romance novelist, Loretta Sage, who is afraid to leave her house. Famous for writing romantic adventure smut, she struggles with her last book and finishes it just to get it over with, not realizing that she used some real-life symbols of the famous Lost City. Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) co-stars as the cover model, Alan, who has been in all of Loretta’s novels as the handsome love interest, Dash. Alan has spent a little bit too much time believing he is actually Dash and desperately tries to win the approval of Loretta. Brad Pitt (Fight Club) plays the small role of survivalist trainer, Jack Trainer. Pitt doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but he makes the most of it and ends up stealing the show, as they say.
Rounding out our four is Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man) playing eccentric bratty millionaire, Abigail Fairfax. Shunned by his family and desperate to make his mark on the world, Fairfax uses his money to go after the lost myths of the world. Being in possession of the same language that Loretta uses in her book leads Fairfax to Loretta, and chaos and comedy ensue.
Helping move the comedy along, we have Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Beth, Loretta’s publicist and best friend. She’s involved with some of the funnier bits and is helped out by Oscar Nunez, (The Office) an extremely bizarre pilot who has the hots for Beth and leads us to some comedic gold.
The Lost City is a fun film that keeps the laughs coming and never really lets up even when the danger for our protagonists picks up. One-liners from characters who are on screen for brief instances are some of the funnier bits in the movie. And let's not forget about location. Filmed primarily in the Dominican Republic, the directors take advantage of the beautiful scenery to actually make you believe you are on this mythical island in the Atlantic. Quick pace and an easy-to-follow plot make the 112 minutes fly by.
Is The Lost City worth seeing? Yes. Is it a great film? No, however the actors have great chemistry together and there are some absolutely outrageous laugh-out-loud moments. The ending wasn’t bad, but did leave a little bit to be desired with its payoff and appeared to gloss over what happened with our antagonist. Definitely recommending this film, grab some popcorn and some friends and go have yourself a good time.