The Lost City: Is It Worth the Trip?

Caroline Bisirri, Staff Writer

Paramount Pictures’ latest film, The Lost City, starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock, hit theaters Friday, March 25th, scoring a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score. But what is the film about? How should you prepare to watch it? Is it worth the trip?

The story begins centered around Bullock’s Loretta Sage, the famous writer of romance-adventure novels who has recently lost her husband, causing her to become a recluse, hidden from the public eye. Tatum’s character is merely Alan, the model for the cover of her novels. While Sage does not have a particular liking for him, he does come in handy after she is kidnapped by wild billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), and it’s up to him for the rescue. 

In typical Bullock-movie fashion, there are plenty of laughs and hi-jinx, from traversing the jungle in a sequined jumpsuit, to attempting to climb a mountain in heels. Along with the theme of her genre, there is also a dash of romance, but not as the central theme of the film. Other stars include Brad Pitt as an ex-Navy seal and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, playing Beth, the publisher of Loretta’s books. 

The movie itself, while humorous, lacked plot in general. It was very reminiscent of the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, in fact, but plopped the viewer too quickly into the main part of the adventure, as they knew from the beginning where the city was. While it still included some deciphering, they essentially knew where they were going the entire time, which left the main plot to be Bullock and Tatum running around the forest while Radcliffe’s cronies shot at them from motorcycles. While not particularly gory, death and blood are also present. 

As a whole, I would recommend the film to anyone looking for a laugh, but not if you’re in search of a hardcore adventure movie. It is definitely worth a watch with the family (except maybe for children under the age of ten, due to the crude humor), and overall, pretty enjoyable. Hats off to Bullock as well, for going out with a bang as her final movie for the time being.