Loretta (Sandra Bullock), a reclusive romance novelist, is pulled into doing a book tour by her publicist (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). Also on the tour is the model for her book covers, Alan (Channing Tatum). Loretta despises both the book tour and Alan for he is the one who the fans want to see and she considers him valid at best.
Loretta included some of the archeological knowledge she gained traveling with her now deceased archeologist husband in her new novel. Enter Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who is searching for the Lost City and kidnaps Loretta so she can help him find it. Alan gives chase, with a rugged Brad Pitt in tow, and they all end up on a tropical island about to be destroyed by an erupting volcano.
The rest of the film is one hilarious misadventure after another as Alan and Loretta flee and find they had each misjudged the other on multiple levels.
As ridiculous as this film sounds, every moment of it is entertaining. From Sandra’s sequined fuchsia wardrobe to the leeches on Channing Tatum’s bum to Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of a rich, jealous millennial, The Lost City works when it shouldn’t and excels when it should. As an adventure film, it mixes the spirit of Bullock’s Miss Congeniality and The Proposal with a little bit of Tomb Raider sans Lara Croft. We even get to see Channing Tatum’s dance moves. It is never boring, and for the first time in a long while, I laughed out loud multiple times.
If you’re a Sandra Bullock fan, this doesn’t disappoint. Same if you’re a Channing Tatum fan. Hell, even if you’re all in on seeing Brad Pit in a funny cameo, this film is for you.
I give it four stars out of four.