Adventure rom-com strikes gold

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

The Lost City is a crowd-pleasing blend of action, comedy and love about a romance novelist and her Fabio-like cover model. Source: CNS.

Model Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum) has represented novelist Loretta Sage’s (Sandra Bullock) fictional hero, Dash McMahon, for so long that her fans conflate the two, much to the scribe’s annoyance since she considers Alan vain and vacuous.

What she doesn’t realise is that easily tongue-tied Alan carries a secret torch for her.

Widowed Loretta is struggling with writer’s block as a result of unresolved grief. But she faces a much bigger problem when she’s suddenly kidnapped by crazed billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe).

Fairfax believes Loretta’s latest book, The Lost City of D, which was based in part on research she did years earlier with her archaeologist husband, holds the key to finding a fabulous treasure buried on a tiny tropical island. When she refuses to cooperate, he forcibly transports her there.

Despite having none of the skills needed to do so, Alan promptly sets off to rescue Loretta.

As directed and co-written by brothers Aaron and Adam Nee (working with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox), the travails of the central pair as they run through the jungle trying to evade Fairfax’s minions certainly provide some amusing moments. And a cameo appearance by Brad Pitt as Jack Trainer, a seemingly invincible Navy SEAL, is nothing short of hilarious.

Review by John Mulderig, CNS.

The Lost City: Starring Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum. Directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee.  Rated M (Violence, crude humour and sexual references). 112 minutes. In cinemas now.

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The Lost City (By John Mulderig, CNS)

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