Sky High Stakes: A Review of “Lift,” Netflix’s New Heist-tastic Thriller

Our Rating: 8.1

Cast: Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D'Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Viveik Kalra, Yun Jee Kim, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno, Sam Worthington

Director: F. Gary Gray

Sky High Stakes: A Review of “Lift,” Netflix’s New Heist-tastic Thriller

Get ready for turbulence because Netflix is taking us on a high-flying heist with their upcoming film, “Lift.” Directed by the action maestro F. Gary Gray (“Fast & Furious 8”), the film boasts a star-studded cast led by the ever-charming Kevin Hart and promises a heart-pounding thrill ride at 40,000 feet. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s dive into the review of “Lift,” hitting Netflix on January 12th, 2024.

Plot Takeoff: Cracking the Sky Vault

Our story takes flight with Cyrus Whitaker (Hart), a master thief with a flair for the impossible. His latest target? Not your run-of-the-mill bank vault, but a state-of-the-art safe nestled within a passenger plane soaring high above the clouds. The prize? A cool $500 million in gold bars. To pull off this audacious heist, Cyrus assembles a dream team of specialists: a tech genius, a daring safecracker, a skilled pilot, and even a master of disguise. But between them and the golden jackpot stands a formidable team of security guards and the unpredictable nature of flying a metal tube full of people through turbulent skies.

Cast Crew: Soaring Performances

Hart is in his element as the charismatic Cyrus, bringing his signature blend of humor and action to the role. A diverse and talented cast ably supports him: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) exudes calm confidence as the tech whiz Vincent D’Onofrio (“Full Metal Jacket”) adds gravitas as the grizzled security chief, Úrsula Corberó (“Money Heist”) brings fire as the explosives expert, and rising stars like Viveik Kalra and Jacob Batalon add their unique flavors to the crew. Every character feels distinct and well-developed, giving the audience someone to root for (or against) amidst the sky-high action.

Action Altitude: Gearing Up for Thrills

Gray, known for his expertise in adrenaline-pumping sequences, doesn’t disappoint in “Lift.” The film is packed with edge-of-your-seat moments, from the meticulously planned heist maneuvers within the cramped confines of the aircraft to exhilarating escapes and gravity-defying stunts. The director masterfully builds tension, keeping you guessing whether the crew will get away scot-free or crash and burn. The visual effects are top-notch, creating a believable and thrilling depiction of life (and crime) at 40,000 feet.

Landing Points: A Few Minor Turbulences

While “Lift” delivers on its action and heist promises, it stumbles slightly in the pacing department. The first half feels slow, setting up the characters and the intricate plan in detail. This might leave some viewers impatient for the action to take off. Additionally, some aspects of the plot feel a tad predictable, especially for seasoned heist film enthusiasts. However, these minor bumps in the air don’t significantly impact the overall enjoyment of the ride.

Final Verdict: A High-Flying Entertainer

“Lift” is a thoroughly entertaining heist thriller that’s sure to satisfy fans of the genre. It boasts a charismatic cast led by Kevin Hart, breathtaking action sequences that will have you glued to your seat, and a high-stakes plot that keeps you guessing until the final touchdown. While the pacing and predictability might hold it back from reaching cinematic gold, “Lift” delivers a fun and exhilarating flight that’s perfect for a Netflix night in. So, grab your popcorn, buckle up, and get ready for a thrilling heist at 40,000 feet when “Lift” lands on January 12th.

Bonus Points:

  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Viveik Kalra, Yun Jee Kim, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno, Sam Worthington
  • Release Date: January 12th, 2024 (Netflix)

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