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The Lost City: Bullock and Tatum make sparks fly, but Pitt sets this action-comedy on fire

The Lost City (M, 112mins) Directed by Adam and Aaron Nee ****

Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has lost her mojo.

Having struggled to finish writing her latest book, she has no appetite for the ensuing tour.

However, her ongoing globe-trotting romantic adventures with Dr. Angela Lovemore and Dash McMahon still draw a fervent and passionate following, even though critics consider the 20-person series “the worst story at its worst” or “fantasies good.” market, tasteless and feminine”.

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It’s not even a career Loretta wanted to pursue, it was just that she couldn’t find takers for more academic takes on the ancient history of Central and South America. Spicing things up with infamous villains, ever-present danger, “coital daydreaming,” and a shirtless Dash on every cover proved to be a smash hit. Although, since the death of her archaeologist husband five years ago, she has increasingly withdrawn from any form of public existence.

So the prospect of a close encounter with an army of admirers fills her with dread, especially when her publicist informs her that despite her insistence, the tour will also feature the show’s cover model, Alan Caprison.

Although Loretta promises “no grumpy faces, big words, or long academic discussions”, the first session quickly descends into chaos, culminating in Loretta announcing that she plans to kill Dash, before accidentally grabbing Dash’s wig. Alan in his connected watch.

Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum combine to explosive effect in The Lost City.

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Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum combine to explosive effect in The Lost City.

Heartbroken that this could spell the end of his career as well, Alan lashes out. “You are like a human mummy,” he says of his loneliness. “You could be visiting ancient Greece.”

But before she can unravel such statements, Loretta finds herself taken to an undisclosed location by a group of burly men.

Turns out she’s now the “guest” of media scion Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe). Convinced that he has identified the location of the true crown of fire, the MacGuffin in Loretta’s final tome, he now needs her help to decipher a piece of parchment that he is sure will identify its resting place. exact. As she resists, he is impatient. The Isla Hundida volcano has “a bad case of indigestion”, which will likely soon lead to the burial of any last hope of finding the Crown.

However, neither of them knows that Alan has already embarked on a rescue mission.

What follows is a hilarious adventure comedy that will evoke memories for some generations of both Romanticize the stone (especially with its use of 80s hits like Spandau Ballet True and Pat Benatar shadows of the night) and Nim’s Island.

As a couple, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum are formidable, fight and generate real chemistry as they take on everything from leeches to a seemingly endless array of henchmen.

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As a couple, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum are formidable, fight and generate real chemistry as they take on everything from leeches to a seemingly endless array of henchmen.

Co-directors and screenwriters Adam and Aaron Nee (whose previous feature was the Mark Twain-inspired 2015 crime comedy gang of thieves) make sure the pacing and gags never slow down, making full use of Tatum and Bullock’s penchant for physical comedy (the latter managing to do it all while wearing a purple “straight sequin jacket” that makes her look like a “nerdy figure skater”). As a couple, they’re great too, training and generating real chemistry as they take on everything from leeches to a seemingly endless array of henchmen.

But while Radcliffe may be understated by the villainy stakes, Brad Pitt practically steals the show as a human tracker and Jack Trainer, Alan’s wellness retreat buddy. Continuing Pitt’s tradition of constantly chewing onscreen, Trainer is a whirling dervish of a character, long in mane and certainly not short on charisma or “special skills” (an escape attempt using wheelbarrow and chair is a real highlight).

Worth the price of admission on its own, Trainer ends up being the engaging, laugh-inducing mirror surrounding a well-done action-rom-com game.

The lost city is now showing in select theaters nationwide.