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The Lost City is an attention-grabbing comedic film, filled with action and adventure while still having an important message.

The movie follows Loretta (Sandra Bullock) who's best known for writing her popular book series about adventures in ancient times. However, with an overbearing book cover model Allan (Channing Tatum), and pressure from her tour manager, Loretta has been struggling to write her final book. Luckily, she is swept off her feet and thrown into the reality of her own novels. Loretta must learn to put her pride aside and work with the people that care for her to escape the island that they're stuck on.

The sound and visuals in The Lost City really stand out to me--I am amazed at how clear the audio is. All of the fighting scenes feel so real, without being overbearing. Plus the picture quality is top-notch. Everything feels very realistic, and it's almost as if we are really there. I am very impressed with the acting, too. Each actor grabbed my attention the entire time. For example, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum's chemistry is so strong, and they make their characters very believable. Lastly, the storyline is so interesting. There's a fun twist to it, and the story is overall unexpected. There are so many different elements, plus it is also a comedic experience. I personally love a good laugh, because it lightens the mood, and this movie definitely does that.

The message of The Lost City is that being greedy and evil will never get you anywhere. In the end love will always win. This film does have some violent scenes including fighting and the use of guns.

I give The Lost City 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. You can watch The Lost City in theaters starting March 19, 2022.

By Mikella G., KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, age 15

Everyone hold on to your seats! The Lost City has you in for a surprise. Combining great actors, action, and comedy, The Lost City surely offers many things you will enjoy.

The Lost City is about a widowed author named Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) who is being forced to promote her book along with her cover model Alan (Channing Tatum). After Alan ruins the event, Loretta gets unexpectedly kidnapped by eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) and taken to a remote island. Luckily, Alan follows and tries to rescue her. Then, not so luckily, it turns out he's not like Dash, the strong, tough, and charming character he models on Loretta's book. Loretta and Alan have to find a way to work together and get out of danger before it's too late.

I enjoy how dynamic The Lost City is in terms of the scenes and the character development--there is always a new twist in the storyline, and never a time when only one thing is happening.. The character development is especially impressive with Loretta and Alan. At first, Loretta is mad at the world and doesn't want anything to do with her book after her husband dies. Alan is a man hiding behind the character he portrays, not wanting to be himself. However, Loretta and Alan help each other realize that they don't have to hide anymore. I will say the villain's motive was a little lost on me. Abigail Fairfax originally kidnapped Loretta to have her decrypt a hidden message. However, it isn't really made clear what Abigail wanted that for, or what he is going to do with it. The set plays a major role in this movie being so interesting to watch--the image of the forest and the high-intensity fight scenes are visually appealing and help the story move forward.

The message of The Lost City is that sometimes people deserve second chances. After Alan embarrasses and offends Loretta at the promotional event, she walks away not wanting to hear from him. However, in the end, she is grateful that he comes to rescue her. This film includes a few inappropriate scenes and minimal vulgar language.

I give The Lost City 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. It will prove very appealing to people who like comedic action movies. You can find The Lost City in theatres now, so make sure you check it out!

By Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 14

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Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, "Dash." While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city's treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it's lost.
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