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. The film stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a novelist and her cover model, respectively, who must escape a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) and find the lost ancient city depicted in one of her books; Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt also star.
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 Lost City had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2022, and was released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on March 25, 2022. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $88 million worldwide.
Loretta Sage is a reclusive middle-aged author who writes romance-adventure novels centred around a fictional hero named Dash McMahon, who is portrayed by cover model Alan Caprison. Her publisher, Beth, insists that she must embark on a book tour with Alan to promote her latest work.
After a disastrous start, mostly due to the popularity of Alan’s Dash persona, Loretta is kidnapped by eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax. He realises that Loretta has based her books on actual historic research she did with her deceased archaeologist husband. Fairfax has discovered a lost city on a remote Atlantic island and is convinced that this is the location of the “Crown of Fire”, a priceless treasure. When Loretta declines to help decipher an ancient map to the treasure, Fairfax, who fears the site will be destroyed by an active volcano, chloroforms Loretta and takes her to the island.
Alan, who is secretly enamoured with Loretta, witnesses her kidnapping. He recruits Jack Trainer, a former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, to meet him at the island and coordinate a rescue attempt. Jack, with no assistance from Alan, breaches Fairfax’s compound and frees Loretta, but is shot in the head 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 henchmen before reaching a nearby village, where upon hearing a folk song from a local, Loretta deduces that the crown is hidden in a sinkhole in the jungle. Before the duo can leave, Fairfax kidnaps Loretta again which ensues a chase by Alan to save Loretta. The pair are then forced to share the treasure’s location with Fairfax. Upon reaching the location, they discover the tomb but realise it is not a monument for Kalaman’s power but a hiding place for the queen to grieve for her husband and that her “Crown of Fire” was made of red seashells gathered by her husband who is buried with her. The actual treasure of the legend wasn’t a priceless jewel but the inseparable love between the king and queen. Infuriated, Fairfax forces them into the tomb as the volcano erupts, but one of the henchmen has a change of heart 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 for his crimes. Loretta’s next book, based on their adventures, is a hit, and she and Alan share a kiss while on holiday.