THE LOST CITY – Review by Susan Granger

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Let’s venture back into movie theaters this week with new 2022 releases – like The Lost City, starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe.

Widowed, reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has built a successful career writing pulpy romance/adventure novels, featuring a handsome Fabio-esque cover model known as Dash (Channing Tatum).

While on tour with Dash promoting her new archology-based book, Loretta, reluctantly clad in a fuchsia sequined jumpsuit, is abducted by ruthless Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe). This egomaniacal British billionaire believes Loretta can interpret an ancient parchment with hieroglyphics leading to the fabled Crown of Fire, hidden on a remote volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean..

Eager to be Loretta’s hero in real-life, goofy, guileless Dash is determined to rescue her, even if that means traversing a treacherous jungle. He teams up briefly with raffish Jack Trainer (uncredited Brad Pitt), who’s the embodiment of a far more capable mercenary. Their comedic banter is hilarious!

Following not far behind is Loretta’s distraught publicist Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) aided by an amiable, amorous pilot (Oscar Nunez).

The formulaic script by Oren Uziel, Dana Fox and co-directors Adam and Aaron Nee – from Seth Gordon’s story – is remarkably reminiscent of Romancing the Stone with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, even the first Mummy movie with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

Problem is: You never feel that Loretta and Dash are in real peril. Instead, they’re two movie stars romping through an adventurous rom-com.

So how did they get Brad Pitt to do a cameo? Apparently, Bullock and Pitt share the same hairdresser, Janine Thompson. Years ago, Brad asked her if Sandra would do a cameo in Bullet Train (2022) so this how he returned the favor.

Filmed in the Dominican Republic, this film is scheduled to debut on the Paramount Plus streaming service about 45 days after its original release.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Lost City is a high-stakes, escapist 7 – with revelatory post-credits scenes.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.