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Lost City, The  (DVD)


Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nunez, Patti Harrison, Hector Anibal

Director: Aaron & Adam Nee

If you fancy a lite, lite version of Romancing the Stone (which itself wasn't that heavy), these jungle jinks could entertain you right well for a couple of hours.

It's utter balderdash, of course, and pretty icky at times, but fans of the stars will probably be happy to go with the flow, and there's an amusing cameo from Pitt that ends all too soon.

Bullock, unchanging despite advancing years, is Loretta, the best-selling author of romantic adventures in exotic settings, buoyed by model Alan (Tatum), who plays Dash, the hunky hero of the books on all their dust-jackets.

So Alan, in his Dash guise, accompanies her to the preview of her latest novel, which goes disastrously, to the horror of her indefatigable, larger-then-life agent (Randolph). Worse is to follow when Loretta is kidnapped by batty billionaire Fairfax (a wildly miscast Radcliffe who gives it his all and then some) who believes Loretta is the key to finding a lost tomb on an Atlantic Island which contains 'a crown of fire in its cascade of diamonds'.

Pursuits are, well, pursued, to a predictable ending (albeit with a bit of a twist). The whole thing just about passes muster in today's effects-driven cinema, although it does have its moments, notably a motor-cycle chase.

David Quinlan

USA/Dominican Replublic 2022. UK Distributor: Paramount. Colour by Company 3.
107 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 22 Jun 2022