“The Lost City” (M) **
By the time I hit double digits I was collecting empty pop bottles to sell for a dime a pop to raise money to get me into Saturday matinee movies – latest episode of the current series of Columbia, Hopalong, Gene or the Durango Kid in B-movie, feature after interval.
Thinking back today to the influential films played in the arrangement of my little B4-TV gray cells, I sometimes wonder if my mother made a mistake by taking me to see “The Young Mr Pitt” at the Liberty cinema. I may not have understood a biopic about a 24-year-old British Prime Minister, but seeing his moving, telling images on the wall of a cave full of seats has changed my life.
So eight decades later and the crafting by screenwriter-director brothers Aaron and Adam Nee of an action movie that reminded me of that night. They tried to build a framework of respectability around the kind of plot that could have rivaled the best B-movies of that era.
Sandra Bullock plays two roles in the 200th app (mostly on TV) using the main words of her title, playing novelist Angela whose late archaeologist husband had worked on a remote island in the Atlantic, thus qualifying her to decipher hieroglyphs on the rock walls of a ruined temple covered in jungle in sight.
Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), eccentric zillionaire trophy earner “nobody else has one like it”, cruelty the launch of Angela’s latest novel which illustrates such a hieroglyph.
Alan (Channing Tatum) illustrates the covers of Angela’s books, the last of which turns into the film’s main story in which Alan becomes Dash who shows up in the jungle trying to be Loretta’s (Sandra Bullock) protector. . In a long cameo, superhero Jack (Brad Pitt), Dash’s best pal, protects Loretta and Alan in the jungle until they meet an unexpected and untimely end.
Still with me, reader?
This version of “The Lost City” sheds light on the difference between “stupid” and “stupid” (there is a difference) and raises questions about which best sums it up, – stupidly stupid or stupidly stupid. It really doesn’t matter. They are both right.
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Ian Meikle, editor