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A FAMILIAR ESCAPE: THE LOST CITY


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.

--Oscar Wilde



A popular and prolific romance writer, Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock), recovering from the death of her archaeologist husband but pressed by her publicist, attends an audience event to promote her latest book. Dressed in a sequined onesie to impress a younger crowd and barely acknowledging the long-haired model, Alan, (Channing Tatum), a Fabio wannabe, who poses for the cover art of her novel, Loretta soon publicly demonstrates her disgust. After a denouement of sorts involving Alan, Loretta tries to escape the mayhem but ultimately gets kidnapped by an also-ran tycoon, Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) and his flunkies.


Alan, distraught as he's always been infatuated with Loretta, enlists a mercenary, Jack Trainer (a dead-on Brad Pitt) to rescue Loretta. But who rescues whom?

An amalgam of adventure-romance films to have preceded it, The Lost City (2022) has its fill of laughter-evoking moments, despite its being a rip off of Romancing the Stone (1984). Bullock and Tatum have chemistry plus Radcliffe doesn't overplay the villain. Some genuine scares occur; the scenery invites would-be tourists to search for paradise.


On the other hand, the secondary plot involving Loretta's publicist (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) falls flat. And the search for lost treasure scenario has been done too often. Once again, the running time seemed too long, though at one hour and fifty-two minutes its shorter than other movies have been in the action/adventure genre.


Sandra Bullock has perfect timing. Her announcement that she'll be taking a break from movies makes sense in an industry that's flagging. Still, her comedic talent will be missed.


Rated PG-13 for a bare bottom, leeches, imperiled characters and a particularly nasty case of blood splash.


Now playing at a theater near you. Locals: Entertainment Cinemas, South Dennis



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