The Lost City – Budget of $74 million – 1 hour and 52 minutes
Beth calls Loretta Sage multiple times for the final chapter of The Lost City of D. It’s a 20-book franchise featuring the romantic adventures of Dash and Dr. Lovemore. Beth knows writing became complicated after Loretta’s husband, John, died. Loretta used her love of dead languages and John’s archeology exploits to add authenticity to her novels. Without John, Loretta’s books feel uninspired.
Before Loretta’s Q&A, Beth tells Loretta to relax, don’t be boring, and don’t use big words. Then Beth drops a surprise. Alan will join Loretta for the Q&A and the upcoming book tour. Alan portrays Dash on the cover art for Loretta’s books, and he dons a wig and takes off his shirt for fans. Loretta wants nothing to do with him, but she doesn’t have a choice. During the Q&A, a fan asks Loretta to take Alan’s shirt off. When she does, Loretta accidently rips off Alan’s wig and runs off stage. Loretta tells Beth that she plans to kill Dash and end the series. Alan follows Loretta because he wants to know why and how Loretta will kill his character. When she doesn’t give Alan an answer, he snaps and calls her a human mummy. Loretta walks out of the hotel and calls for a ride. Alan feels guilty about his insult and goes after Loretta. When he walks out of the hotel, he sees Loretta trying to get out of a black SUV with three men inside.
Abigail Fairfax is an eccentric billionaire who wants to prove his worth by finding the crown of blood. A headdress made out of red diamonds. He has a section of a scroll with markings, and he wants Loretta to translate it. Thinking this is a joke, Loretta says no. But Abigail won’t accept that answer and forces Loretta onto a plane. He found the actual lost city and bought the island. He will keep Loretta until she translates the scroll and guides him to the crown.
When Beth and Alan discover Loretta is gone, Alan calls Jack. Jack is a trainer and CIA agent. Beth tells Jack that she has Loretta’s phone, but Alan remembers that Loretta has a smartwatch. Jack tells Beth to use the watch to track Loretta’s location. Beth sends Loretta’s position to Jack, and he promises to find Loretta. But Alan doesn’t want to wait. He wants to help Jack and make amends to Loretta. So, Alan joins Jack on Jack’s mission to rescue Loretta. Alan hopes to convince Loretta that he is more than a pretty face.
During their mission, Jack and Alan find Loretta. Before they pull Loretta away, Loretta steals Abigail’s scroll. When Abigail notices the missing artifact, he sends his henchmen to find Loretta, get the scroll, and kill her friends. Can they escape the jungle with the crown, or will they fall prey to Abigail’s desires?
This film is an action-adventure film with a Hallmark movie in between. However, it provides lots of underhanded jokes and sly comments. So viewers need to keep their eyes and ears open. Loretta and Alan have great on-screen chemistry. While Alan seems aloof on the surface, he is good-hearted, strong, and funny. However, Loretta has to learn that she judges Alan quickly and harshly. And she spills this resentment on to her fans. Alan proves that they deserve something better from the writer. This movie is an easy watch, but you need to pay attention to get all the jokes. And stay for the first set of end credits to get a wanted return.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
I feel like a nerdy figure skater – Loretta
You’re like a human mummy – Alan
I said don’t make it creepy – Abigail
Take the goat with you – Beth