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The Lost City is a 2022 American action-adventure comedy film directed by the Nee brothers, who co-wrote the screenplay with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, from a story conceived by Seth Gordon. It stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a romance novelist and her cover model, respectively, who must escape a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) and find the lost ancient city described in one of her books. The film co-stars Da Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt.
The project was announced in October 2020, with Bullock joining as producer and star and Tatum joining that December; the rest of the cast was announced the following year. Filming took place in the Dominican Republic from May to August 2021. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2022, and was theatrically released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on March 25, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $190 million worldwide against a $68 million budget.
Dr. Loretta Sage writes romance-adventure novels centered around a fictional heroine, Dr. Angela Lovemore, and her romantic interest, Dash McMahon. To promote the latest book on Lovemore, her publisher, Beth Hatten, insists that Loretta embark on a book tour with Alan Caprison, the book s cover model for Dash, despite her reclusiveness since the death of her husband.
After a disastrous start, mostly due to the popularity of Alan s Dash persona, Loretta is taken by Abigail Fairfax, a billionaire who realizes that Loretta based her books on actual historic research she did with her late archaeologist husband. Fairfax has discovered a lost city on a remote Atlantic island and is convinced the Crown of Fire, a priceless treasure, is located there. When she declines to help decipher an ancient map to the treasure, Fairfax, fearing an active volcano will destroy the site, chloroforms and takes Loretta to the island.
Alan, who is secretly enamored with Loretta, witnesses her kidnapping. He recruits Jack Trainer, a former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, to meet him on the island and coordinate a rescue. Jack, with no assistance from Alan, breaches Fairfax s compound and frees Loretta, but is apparently killed before they can make it to the airport, forcing Loretta and Alan to escape into the jungle.
Loretta and Alan spend a day fighting off Fairfax s men before reaching a nearby village, where upon hearing a folk song from a local, Loretta deduces that the crown is hidden in a cenote in the jungle. Before they can leave however, Fairfax captures her again, so a chase by Alan to save Loretta ensues. The two are then forced to share the treasure s location with Fairfax.
Upon reaching the location, they discover the tomb is not a monument to Taha and Kalaman s power, but a hiding place for the queen to grieve for her husband. Her Crown of Fire was made of red seashells gathered by him as a sign of his love for her. The actual treasure of the legend was not a priceless jewel but the inseparable love between the king and queen.
Infuriated, Fairfax forces Loretta and Alan into the tomb as the volcano erupts, but Rafi, one of Fairfax s men, has a change of heart due to the cruelty he suffered from Fairfax and leaves a crowbar to help them escape before abandoning Fairfax on the island. Beth arrives with the local coast guard and Fairfax is arrested. Loretta s next book, based on her adventure with Alan, is a hit, and they share a kiss at the end of their next book tour.
In a mid-credits scene, Loretta and Alan attend a yoga class and find out that Jack survived being shot.
- Sandra Bullock as Loretta Sage, a successful yet depressed best-selling romance novelist. Bullock also plays Dr. Angela Lovemore, the heroine in her book series.
- Channing Tatum as Alan Caprison, a dimwitted cover model for Loretta s novel The Lost City of D. Tatum also plays Dash McMahon, the hero in her book series.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Abigail Fairfax, an eccentric billionaire and wanted criminal who breaks the law and kidnaps Loretta, hoping she will lead him to an ancient city s lost treasure which is featured in one of her books.
- Da Vine Joy Randolph as Beth Hatten, Loretta s publisher.
- Héctor Aníbal as Rafi, one of Fairfax s men who is native to the island.
- Thomas Forbes-Johnson as Julian, Fairfax s brutish henchman.
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar, an eccentric cargo plane pilot.
- Patti Harrison as Allison, Loretta s social media manager.
- Brad Pitt as Jack Trainer, human tracker and action man.
- Bowen Yang as Ray, the moderator for the book conference.
- Joan Pringle as Nana, Beth s grandmother.
Additionally, Raymond Lee appears as Officer Gomez, Adam Nee appears as Officer Sawyer, and Stephen Lang (credited as Slang) appears as the fantasy villain imagined by Loretta.
In October 2020, it was announced Sandra Bullock would star in the film The Lost City of D, with Aaron and Adam Nee directing from a screenplay by Seth Gordon and Dana Fox, with Bullock serving as a producer under her Fortis Films banner, and Paramount Pictures to distribute. Bullock originally passed on the project because she felt the story was outdated due to it being in development for seven years. That December, Channing Tatum was cast as the male lead. Between March and April 2021, Patti Harrison, Da Vine Joy Randolph, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, and Oscar Nunez joined the cast, with Pitt and Lang appearing in cameo roles.
Principal photography began in May 2021 in the Dominican Republic, including Samaná, Santo Domingo, Casa de Campo, Monte Plata Province and Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios. It wrapped on August 16, 2021.
The Lost City premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on March 12, 2022. In October 2021, it was announced that The Lost City of D had been retitled The Lost City, and that it would be theatrically released on March 25, 2022, after previously having been set for April 15, 2022. On March 1, 2022, the film s release in Russia was canceled due to the country s invasion of Ukraine. The film became available to stream on Paramount+ on May 10, 2022. It was also released on EPIX on the same day as part of Paramount s pay-one window deal with the company. According to data from Samba TV, 1.5 million US households watched The Lost City in its first six days of streaming. It was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 26 by Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Lost City grossed $105.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $85.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $190.8 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Infinite Storm and RRR, and was projected to gross $20–34 million from 4,228 theaters in its opening weekend. The film grossed $11.5 million on its first day, including $2.5 million from Thursday preview screenings. It went on to debut to $30.5 million, topping the box office by displacing The Batman. Its debut was the second-largest for Paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic, behind A Quiet Place Part II. It also posted the highest opening weekend for an original film since the pandemic. In its second weekend, the film made $14.7 million for a fall of 52%, and was placed second at the box office behind Morbius. It then made $9 million in its third weekend, finishing third. In the film s tenth weekend of release it made $2.3 million, crossing the $100 million domestic mark in the process.
Outside the US and Canada, the film grossed $3.7 million from sixteen international markets in its opening weekend.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 79% based on 260 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website s critical consensus reads, The Lost City doesn t sparkle quite as brightly as some classic treasure-hunting capers, but its stars screwball chemistry make this movie well worth romancing. At Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film received a score of 60 out of 100 based on 53 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 81% positive score, with 61% saying they would definitely recommend it.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said It s too bad that The Lost City isn t more ambitious, because a woman writing her dreams into reality is a potentially rich riff on the Pygmalion and Galatea myth … While Raiders transcends its inspirations with wit and Steven Spielberg s filmmaking and Romancing tries hard to do the same, The Lost City remains a copy of a copy. Siddhant Adlakha of IGN giving film a 6/10, saying The Lost City is a decent action-comedy that coasts on the presence of its stars.
Peter Debruge of Variety said, The result can feel a little rickety in places, but the Nee brothers — who share screenplay credit with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox — have punched it up with off-color jokes, looped over moments when the characters mouths are off-camera. In this and myriad other ways, The Lost City proves they do in fact make em like they used to. Writing for Rolling Stone, David Fear said The movie itself is trying to excavate a long-lost genre: the big-budget action-adventure movie-star rom-com. It wants to be a modern Romancing the Stone so badly you can almost see the flop-sweat dripping down the screen.
The Week UK called it silly but enjoyable adventure .
|Plot||A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.|
|Awards||Awards, 1 win & 3 nominations|
|Directors||Aaron Nee, Adam Nee|
|Writers||Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee|
|Stars||Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe|
|Produced by||Sandra Bullock,Liza Chasin,Margaret Chernin,Charlie Endean,Dana Fox,Seth Gordon,Julia Gunn,Jonathan Hook|
|Music by||Pinar Toprak|
|Cinematography by||Jonathan Sela|
|Film Editing by||Craig Alpert|
|Casting By||Miguel Fernandez,Tricia Wood|
|Production Design by||Jim Bissell|
|Art Direction by||María Fernanda Muñoz,Wilhem Perez|
|Set Decoration by||Karen Frick|
|Costume Design by||Marlene Stewart|
|Makeup Department||Jacqueline Almonte,Ana María Andrickson,Luis Miranda Andrickson,Analyn Cruz,Robin Fredriksz,Selenia Hernandez,Shantalle Hungría,Whitney James,Taschi Lynell,Stacey Panepinto,Carlucy R. Perrone,Ashunta Sheriff,Janine Thompson,Adam Walls|
|Production Management||Luis Alfaro,Rebecca Deelo,Maria Eliza Franco,Ana Guerrero Guillen,Shari Hanson,Jonathan Hook,Johnny Morales Jr.,Cory C. Myler,Julissa Pina,Mila Ramirez,Lisa Rodgers|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Daniela Arbaje,Nadeem Ashayer,Steve Battaglia,Darrin Brown,Peter Lyons Collister,Alejandro Durán,Charlie Endean,Jana Ivanova Grozeva,Mike Gunther,Roberto Hermann,Gabriela Latorre,Devan Linforth,Megan Morrison,Ana Lorraine Peguero,Amalia Ramírez Atiles,Alessia Seravalle,James Edward Tilden|
|Art Department||Ico Abreu,Rafael E. Abreu Adames,Pavel Ademir,Nicole Hernández Alvarado,Angie Hernández Arias,Cristina Rodriguez Barcelo,Lizzie Bentley,Maico Berroa,Maria Laura Blanco,Ivanna Bolonotto,Khalil Canaan,Nathan Carlson,Carlos Chapuseaux,Sebastián Romero Cruz,Federico D Alessandro,Isabella D Alessandro,Gina De Ferrer,Pamela Delgado,Ruy Dos Santos,Scarlette Estrella,Aura Faulkner,Yamilca Fernandez,Sandy Florian Amador,Edward Miguel Frías,Allison Gross,George Heinsen,Joel Hidalgo Scott,Ereminda Imbert,Jaris Lahoz,Johan Lalondriz,Sander Leemans,Elvis Mariñez,Tamara Medrano,Martin Arias Miyo,Geuris Berihuete Moreta,Christina Myal,Mariapaula Nadal,Sharlyn Navarro,María José Miranda Ordeix,Kelvin Alexander Payano,Oliver Lara Peguero,Raymond Prado,Héctor Ramos,Carlos Manuel Reyes,Raj Rihal,Joao Rodriguez,Tommy Rodriguez,Brandon Russo,Rochely Salvador,Roberta Seravalle,Quinn Sheehan-Hipple,Juan Suarez De Los Santos,Juan Suarez,Yamilé Suero,Yoselyn Nuñez Sánchez,Johanny Tejeda,Chris Ubick,Diana Valck,Jesse Victor,Allen Nadel Villalona,Sandra Zaffarese|
|Sound Department||Jessica Arkoff,Kami Asgar,Anna Behlmer,Rafael Bobadilla,Alex Burstein,Patrick Christensen,Benjamin L. Cook,Pud Cusack,Sam Fan,Judah Getz,Tavish Grade,Alana Knutson,Jeremy Kozura,Bob Lacivita,Paul Massey,Alain Muñiz,Dan O Connell,Erin Oakley,Mikel Parraga-Wills,Darren Polish,Efraín Rojas,Su-long Sang,David Tichauer,Tim Tuchrello,Steve Urban,Marco Vargas Garcia,Drew Webster|
|Special Effects by||David J. Barker,Craig Tex Barnett,Radhames Bido,Cindy Braga,Ashley-Dawn Byrd,Carlos Manuel Capellán,Ilya Churinov,Jessica Deakin,Elizardo Del Orbe,Eric Frazier,Frank Hernandez,Michael Kirchmeier,Eliezer Llenas Sosa,Fernando E. Medina,Yenelson Gustavo Ramírez,Eury Rodriguez,Eric Smith,Lucas Wimer|
|Visual Effects by||Navale Abhishek,Matt Akey,Brad Alexander,Andreas Andersson,Steve Ansell,Philip Ballard,Ron Barr,Rachelle Bartamian,Akansha Bhagat,Jatin Bhavsar,Olivier Bolduc,Jon Bowen,Nathan Bruner,Matt Cashman,Girish Wasudeo Chapde,Catherine Chase,Dipak Chaudhary,Christine Choi,Oona Choinière,Kapil Choutmol,Liam Connaughton,Adrien Cruysmans,Bianca Cuffaro,Nick Curdy,Luciano Del Villar,Stanley A. Dellimore,Shagun Dhaka,Caine Dickinson,James Dornoff,Richard Enriquez,Shizan Faisal,Keith Fallon,Chris Ferriter,Clara Forte,Murtaza Z. Garothwala,Karla Sánchez Garris,Pasquale Greco,Shreyas Gujrati,Forbes Hill,Julian Horlaville,Spencer Howson,Chrismac Hwang,Jammu Jagadesh,Hervé Joseph Jiha Jr.,Chelsea Johnston,Sijo Joseph,Vikas Kaushal,Navaneeth Krishna,Veronique Lafleur,Anaïs Langevin,Geoff Leavitt,Reynaldo Lluberes,Susan MacLeod,Mohit Mali,Anandu Manu,Laura Martin,Alberto Martinez,Colin McCusker,Himanshu Meena,Juan Melgoza,Simon Mercier,Steve Mihaylov,Collin Miller,Ramon Monsanto,Hugo Montambault,Chris F. Moore,Jesse Morrow,Trilochan Naik,Suman Nayak,Praveen Kumar Sharma Parasnath,Asma Parvin,Sandeep Patel,Marie Gabrielle Plante,Aditya Ponguri,Piyush Poptani,Ankit Priya,Étienne Provost,Hari Ragavendra,Suhel Rahaman,Pralay Ramteke,Akshay Rana,Suraj Ravi,Aaron Reznick,Dipu Rohan,Matthieu Romani,Vijayakumar S,Yannick Sadler,Matthew Sandoval,Argenis Santos,Sarathkumar.ps,Sarika Salian,Sarath Sasidharan,Joshua John Simon,Scott Sinnott,David Tanguay,Melinka Thompson-Godoy,Connor Thouret,Dawn Turner,Mariah Tzoumbas,Jonathan Urueta,Alessandro Vastalegna,Milind Waghmare,Tnaya Witmer,Mandee Youse,Yi Zhang,Leon Zura,Killian Huntley,Julian Xavier Oliver|
|Stunts||Anthony Alvarez,Hardy Awadjie,Hannah Betts,Yessenia Cossio,Andrew Emilio DeCesare,Adrian F. Gonzalez,Mike Gunther,Antal Kalik,Efka Kvaraciejus,Sli Lewis,Dan Mast,Braxton McAllister,Brad McCabe,Gabriel Nunez,Vinny O Brien,David Flip Rodriguez,Lauren Shaw,Jason Tubbs,David Wald,Joe Nin Williams,Kyle Woods,Nico Woulard|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Héctor Alfaro,Richard Coy Aune,Miguel Baerga,Fernando Barrios,John Betancourt,Luma R. Brieuc,Said Brinz,Osiris Cabrera,Dante Calero,Ryan Cancelosi,Henry Cantor,Lennys Carrero,Tristan Chavez,Andres Clavijo,Peter Lyons Collister,Daniel De La Cruz Corporán,Joshua Davis,Kevin Descheemaeker,Stephen Early,Miguel Batista El Chévere,Steve Fitzpatrick,Carlos Francisco,Dionys Frei,Kimberly French,Lauren Gentry,Peter Graf,Kyle Honnig,Mark Hyde,Jimmy E. Jensen,Shane D. Kelly,Jack Kney,Matthew Love,Ulises Garo Matos,Javier Mejía,Alfredo Melendez,Chris Milani,David B. Nowell,Francisco Javier Peña,Alex Porras,Sasha Proctor,Manuel Manny Rivera,Mighty Dan Robinson,Joseph Rodriguez,Nelson Rojas,Kelvin Rubio,Juan Daniel Ruiz,Lino Sanchez,Laura Sanz,Ian S. Takahashi,Remi Tournois,Pedro Valerio,David Winner,Darin Wong,Jose Miguel Soto Mariano,Ángel Fructuoso Mendoza,Moisés Villavisar|
|Casting Department||Grace de Leon,Ashley Lambert,George Ludlow,Meghan Schuman|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Emily G. Ackerman,Fanny Almonte,Nickolaus Brown,Grey Cardenas,Maura Caroll Dahiana,John Casey,Zahira Castillo Valdez,Luz Esther Aybar Cedeño,Imogene Chayes,Tom Cummins,Samantha Dewey-Gartner,Laura Downing,Massiel Federo,Michele Flynn,Amanda Michelle Foschia,Anthony Franco,Diana Gil,Kacie Guggia,Krista Guggia,Cassandra Jensen,Alina Julia,Michael Knudsen,Marina Marit,Yonathan Martin,Sheyla Martínez,Lenka Padysakova,Georgelina Paulino,Hope Slepak,Ivy Heather Thaide,Hillary Vicente,Martin Yonathan|
|Editorial Department||Aaron Bennett,Brandon Cano-Errecart,Marcos Caraballo,Jim Carretta,Jack Charette-Fleming,Christina de Guzman,Maria Elias,Dave Hussey,Tasha Jocz,Ernesto Maxwell,Carl S.G. Moore,Ray Neapolitan,Dieudonne Racine,Ian Sullivan,Sebastián Torrón,Stephanie Rancier|
|Location Management||Emmanuel Poyo Alcántara,Frank Bueno Erazo,Boni Canto,Joel Rodríguez Demallistre,Marco Giacalone,Isidro J. González,Joheliz Molina,José María Pimentel,Jose Andres Roman,Diego Rossi,Anthony Santiago|
|Music Department||Cheche Alara,Sean Barrett,Jonathan Beard,Emily Bender,Clint Bennett,Jacob Braun,Saunder Choi,Leonard Chong,Jordan Cox,Nikkia Cox,Meredith Crawford,Wade Culbreath,Brandon Dalo,Greg Dennen,Antonio Di Iorio,Monique Donnelly,George Drakoulias,Tyler Durham,Adam Faruqi,Ross Gasworth,Dylan Gentile,William Kenneth Goldman,Michael Gossard,Vangie Gunn,Kelci Hahn,Benjamin Hoff,Maarten Hofmeijer,The Hollywood Studio Symphony,Luanne Homzy,Emir Isilay,Laura Jackman,Jarrett Johnson,Michael Kaufman,Brian Kilgore,Pete Korpela,Tim Lauber,Michael Lichtenauer,Rob Lowry,Sarah Lynch,Seoyon MacDonald,Larry Mah,Whitney Martin,Baraka May,Alan Meyerson,Ryan Nelson,Seda Ozen,Anthony Parnther,James F. Regan,Erin Michael Rettig,Mia Riggins,Hal Rosenfeld,Shie Rozow,Ann Marie Sheridan,Fletcher Sheridan,Eric Shetzen,Todd Strange,Damon Tedesco,Jamie Thierman,Edward Trybek,Suzanne Waters,Gerald White,Henri Wilkinson,Elyse Willis,Hoss Yekband,Gina Zimmitti,Dan Goldwasser|
|Script and Continuity Department||Yve Figuereo,Mayret Velasquez|
|Transportation Department||Joel Jackson Beltre,Stephany Diprés,Luis Martin Duquela,Moises Felix,Joey Freitas,Luis Enrique Granados,Reyna Mendoza,Tomy Ogando,Jhonn Smith Reyes Matos,Joys Santos|
|Additional Crew||Manuel Fernandez Abreu,Gina Amador,Gladys Amador,H. Leah Amir,Daniela Arbaje,Arin Babaian,Carla Del Mar Barinas,Orisél Bejaran,Taylor Benavides,Sebastian Brito,Ranjani Brow,Tamara Bunker,Elizabeth Chambers,Ruth Chevalier,Dana Curt,Simone Dawkins,Melanie De Jesus,Sharellis de Nigro,Ricardo Del Río,Alison Faulk,Jeffrey Todd Fischer,Vanessa Flix,Eileen Galindo,Alycia Garcia,Mike Gomez,Andrea Gonzalez,Mollie Vera Grace,Gabriela Gutentag,Arron Haro,Michelle Hayflich,Yenifer Hernandez,Bridget Hoffman,Tina Jones,Ashley Lambert,Diana Lantigua,Garret Levitz,Laura Lezama,Cristal Lopez Camacho,Paloma Marcelle,Madel Marquez,Dan Matteucci,Ambar Menéndez,David Michie,David Midgen,Charlotte Mikhail,Richard Miro,Stewart Scott Mitchell,Leo Moctezuma,Johnny Morales Jr.,Gilberto Morillo,Marissa Nodar,Frédéric North,Eva Nueno,Maureen Nuñez,Maia Otero,Pedro Pablo,Juan Pacheco,Anabelle Paulino,Christian Pineda,Arianna Quincy,Patricia Pachy Ramírez,Kendra Rasmussen,Sascha Rijo Marichal,Lorenzo Roca,Stephanie Rodgers,Natacha Rojas,Quirico Romero,Doanyira Rondon,Valentina Ruano,Bolivar Sanchez,Ron Sanchez,Ben Schoen,Josh Schoen,Pablo Alexander Fernández Segura,Shardul Sharma,Ben Skorstad,Carolina Suazo,Zain Ullah,Kübra Uman,Andrew Unvericht,Marlene Vargas Brebes,Danielle Verble,Constanza Pena Vitienes,Ruth Zalduondo,Lavinia Zetina,Rika Kulsavat|
|Genres||Action, Adventure, Comedy|
|Companies||Paramount Pictures, 3dot productions, Exhibit A|
|Languages||English, Spanish, Latin, French|
|Keywords||reclusive writer,writer,book tour,kidnapping,leech|