Directors: Adam Nee, Aaron Nee
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
Release Date: July 26, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Loretta Sage’s (Sandra Bullock) novels are filled with ancient tombs and daring adventures, but that doesn’t mean she’s prepared for them in real life. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever.
Please Note: Paramount Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘The Lost City’ accompanies popular romantic-adventure novelist Loretta Sage (Bullock) who enjoys a quiet life, keeping the extravagant adventures part of her books and not her reality. But when Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Radcliffe) who believes parts of her latest novel can help him find a treasure believed to be lost forever she finds herself thrust into a terrifying situation she never expected to experience firsthand. When Alan (Tatum) the dashing cover model for her books decides to come rescue her, the two promptly find themselves fighting through unknown terrain and trying to stay alive while pursued by dangerous men with guns intent on bringing her back. Whether she wanted it or not, it looks like Loretta will be forced to actually live an adventure terrifyingly similar to those she writes, only with far less talent and experience between her and Alan than those of her fictional characters.
Directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee (Band of Robbers) from a screenplay that they additionally co-wrote along with Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) and Dana Fox (Cruella), and from a story by Seth Gordon, Adam and Aaron Nee do a great job at the helm of ‘The Lost City’ capably guiding along the fun with style and utilizing the beautiful surroundings to keep it looking magnificent at the same time. The film’s cast includes Sandra Bullock (The Heat), Channing Tatum (Logan Lucky), Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (TV’s Only Murders in the Building) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood) along with more and nearly all providing solid and fitting performances for the most part in each of their respective roles and helping this one to work so smoothly.
‘The Lost City’ is a clever and swiftly paced adventure comedy that delivers plenty of amusing and well-constructed action that’s complemented by a plethora of laughs and silly fun. Add to that a beautiful location for all of the fun and chaos to play out, plus a dream cast pairing in Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum who strike comedy gold together and bounce off of each other better than many of us would have ever expected. Plus of course a truly hilarious Brad Pitt in a smaller role who effortlessly steals every moment he occupies, and Daniel Radcliffe as a wealthy man with a mission and a mean streak that comes off as amusing as he is threatening. It all comes together remarkably well to form a fun, exciting and quite hilarious adventure comedy very reminiscent of some great similar titles of decades prior that delivers nicely in almost every way without ever trying to become something unnecessarily thought-provoking or complex.
I would definitely urge everyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of ‘The Lost City’ to try and find the time to give it a shot whenever possible. It’s a fun, funny and fast-paced adventure that pays homage to many similar films of previous decades with a stellar combination of talent to keep things moving along at a rewarding and amusing pace throughout. If you enjoy a quite hilarious, adventure filled and just plain enjoyable ride that can let you escape from reality and have a couple hours of carefree fun, then ‘The Lost City’ should make a perfect viewing selection.
Overall, ‘The Lost City’ is an enjoyable, consistently funny and splendidly cast adventure comedy with a beautiful setting behind it that serves up a thoroughly entertaining ride that will have no problem repeatedly slapping a grin on your face throughout. ‘The Lost City’ is definitely recommended, especially for any diehard fans of Bullock and/or Tatum who are comedic gold together, along with anyone who appreciates similar romantic adventure comedies such as Romancing the Stone who should all find a lot to love about this refreshingly simple and massively entertaining ride. If you’re looking forward to this one or even somewhat on the fence about it, it should be worth the price of a rental to give a chance. Paramount Plus subscribers can also stream it at no additional cost on the service if you’re hesitant to spend the money on a rental or blind purchase.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘The Lost City’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, presented in its original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and beautifully detailed presentation from start to finish that holds up effortlessly throughout without any unexpected troubles or faults arising along the way. The Dolby Vision HDR only ups the ante on this already solid picture and contributes some deep blacks and more vibrant and accurate colors that shine every step of the way and really make this one look spectacular. Overall, this is a fantastic Ultra High Definition video presentation that shouldn’t have any trouble thrilling fans of the film and newcomers alike.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack makes a wonderful complement to the onscreen fun and excitement and delivers a crisp, clean and consistently aggressive audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send music, action and vehicle effects, along with nature content and plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers while never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously becoming distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers splendidly every step of the way and never disappoints.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘The Lost City’ features a nice collection of enjoyable bonus content that fans of the film should appreciate. Included on the release is a handful of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 9 minutes in length altogether) along with some amusing ‘Bloopers’ (running approximately 5 minutes). We are also treated to a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes exploring different aspects of bringing the film to life and featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Dynamic Duo’ (running approximately 5 minutes), ‘Location Profile’ (approximately 7 minutes), ‘Jungle Rescue’ (6 minutes), ‘The Jumpsuit’ (4 minutes), ‘Charcuterie’ (3 minutes), ‘The Villains of The Lost City’ (5 minutes) and ‘Building The Lost City’ (7 minutes).
*Please note: The above images were provided by Paramount and are not reflective of the actual 4K Ultra HD release or its quality. A standard Blu-ray copy of the film was not included in the release that could be used for screenshots therefore the above publicity stills were utilized. They are all the property of Paramount and any other respective owners.
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘The Lost City’ Arrives Home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on July 26, 2022 & is Now Available on Digital from Paramount Home Entertainment
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