If you watch as many trailers as we do, you’ve probably noticed there was a feast of them this week. With a slew of new Christmas releases hitting box offices these last two weeks, including Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Matrix Resurrections, it seems evident that a lot of companies have been playing their 2022 slate close to the chest. The main question they’re asking is, “do we screen it, or should we stream it?” Paramount has been adopting the Warner Bros. method—who have been streaming all of their films on HBO Max this past year—adding movies like Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Rumble for subscribers of their own streaming service Paramount+. But 2022 looks different. Starting with Scream on January 14th, Paramount will be releasing at least one film each month in 2022, including the one featured in this week’s trailer of the week: The Lost City.
With the financial success of No Time to Die in October and Spider-Man well on its way to grossing over a billion dollars worldwide, big studios are growing more confident that movie theaters are back, and they’re starting to flood the pipeline with big movies. In mid-February, Sony will be releasing the action-packed Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. For those who enjoy those Indiana Jones type of adventure films, a month later, you’ll be able to see a more comedic take with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe venturing to The Lost City.
Bullock plays romance novelist Loretta Sage (Bullock), a reclusive woman who ventures out to promote her latest exotic novel, The Lost City of D, at a Romance Novel Convention (something that apparently does exist). A run-in with her cover model Alan (Tatum), who believes he is the hunky persona Dash that Loretta created for her novels, proves frustrating. Shortly after, Loretta is approached by an eccentric wealthy treasure hunter (Radcliffe). Confusing her fiction for fact, he kidnaps the writer to aid him in discovering the lost riches of the forgotten city. The hunt is on when Alan makes his way to the island to save her, and the two go after the treasure encountering less than romantic situations along the way.
Both films released trailers this week, but something about The Lost City just feels more fun. It could be that whoever cut the trailer for the film is giving more away, where Uncharted is playing things closer to the chest. I mean, that Brad Pitt scene in The Lost City is probably just a cameo, and it likely hints at one of the more hilarious sequences of the film. Still, you have to admit, it is fun watching him in that role. Later in the year, you can look out for Bullock and Pitt together in Bullet Train.
On the other hand, Uncharted shows us more action sequences based on the PlayStation game, and that’s fine. The dueling pirate ships airlifted by helicopters looks enticing, but the trailer’s jokes tend to fall flat. It’s weird, considering it’s directed by the guy who brought us Zombieland, Rueben Fleischer.
The Lost City is directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, who brought us the 2015 bonkers action-comedy Band of Robbers, and their style is visually fantastic. Compared to Wes Anderson and The Coen Brothers, the Nee’s know how to create the right blend of visuals, story, and comedy that I think will benefit the script written in collaboration with Cruella screenwriter Dana Fox and Mortal Kombat’s Oren Uziel. I mean, look how stunning the jungle greens stand out next to a shimmering Bullock in a pink dress. Add in Channing Tatum’s comedic timing in that African Queen referencing leach scene and Bullock’s own comedic presence as the pair’s Fiat careens off a cliff. If you didn’t find yourself laughing or smirking heavily, your funny bone is broken.
We will have to wait to see who wins out for 2022’s archaeology adventure movie of the year. But I’m placing my bets with Bullock based on the trailers.
Uncharted releases February 18, and The Lost City follows on March 25.
So what do you think of the trailers for The Lost City and Uncharted? Do you agree with Sean that The Lost City looks more fun than Uncharted? Let us know what your favorites are in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers, we’ve got you covered!