"The Real Treasure Is Love"
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THE LOST CITY is an exceptional action comedy with fun plot twists. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have good comic timing. The ending has a powerful message about love being greater than material possessions. The movie stresses the need not to judge a book by its cover and dealing with grief in a positive manner. However, the movie’s positive elements are marred by New Age references and politically correct dialogue. THE LOST CITY also contains many off-color innuendoes, several obscenities and some strong profanities.
THE LOST CITY stars Sandra Bulloch as an academic turned romance novelist who’s kidnapped to help find a precious treasure in a lost city on a lost island. THE LOST CITY is an exceptional action comedy, with a positive message stressing love over material gain, but it has some mixed elements such as many off-color innuendoes, several obscenities, a few strong profanities, and some politically correct content that require extreme caution.
As the movie opens, a romance novelist named Loretta Sage prepares to go on a book tour to promote her latest novel, THE LOST CITY OF D. Loretta isn’t anxious about getting herself back into the public eye after her archeologist husband’s death. Beth, Loretta’s book agent, best friend, manager, etc., has set up the whole thing. Alan (Channing Tatum), the cover model for Loretta’s book as the character Dash, joins her at a press event. After the first press event doesn’t go as planned, Beth urges Loretta and Alan to just make it to the next scheduled interview for the day. Before they do that, however, Loretta is kidnapped, and Alan sees the bad guys taking her away just in time to try and help.
Loretta arrives to multiple charcuterie boards and a rich guy named Abigail Fairfax. At first, she thinks it’s a publicity stunt for her new book, but soon realizes it’s not. Abigail mentions that while reading her novel, he realized Loretta’s background in language could help him find a valuable treasure. It’s supposedly a priceless headdress in a tomb in a lost city on a lost island. Abigail says he’s already located the island. Now, he just needs Loretta’s help to locate where the city and the tomb is by translating a clue. His henchmen chloroform Loretta and take her away on a plane.
Meanwhile, Alan, Beth and a social media assistant locate Loretta on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Alan insists they need some expertise to rescue her. So, he calls on a former Navy Seal named Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt), who he met at a meditation retreat. Jack agrees to help Alan find Loretta.
The two men meet at an airport near Loretta’s last known location. Jack doesn’t think Alan is up to the task of a search and rescue. Jack also asks if Alan has feelings for Loretta. Alan admits it could turn into something romantic. He wants to be Loretta’s protector.
Jack, followed by a much-less skilled Alan, arrive on the scene and successfully rescue Loretta from Abigail’s henchmen. However, there are multiple bumps in the road, and Alan and Loretta find themselves going forward alone. Back in the States, Beth decides to go find Alan and Loretta herself.
The lost city may have something more than just treasure on it, however.
THE LOST CITY is an exceptional action comedy with a strong script. It has stellar production values and casting. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have great comic timing. They also play the dramatic, romantic moments just as well. The movie has sturdy plot points and just enough twists to keep viewers fully engaged. THE LOST CITY makes good use of physical comedy too, and the movie’s setting is beautiful.
THE LOST CITY has a powerful message about love being greater than material possessions. The movie also stresses the need not to judge a book by its cover and dealing with grief in a positive manner instead of running away from it.
The movie’s positive moral, redemptive elements are mitigated by some negative content. For example, the lead male character met the Navy Seal man at a meditation retreat, and there’s a comment about a New Age healing regarding him. There’s also some politically correct feminist and environmentalist comments. Finally, THE LOST CITY contains many off-color, lewd innuendoes, several obscenities, a few strong profanities, and other, but mostly light, foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.
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