Netflix’s latest heist flick Lift aims high but flops hard according to the critics, even with big names like Kevin Hart and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Director F and gary Gray brings an unfinished vibe and cheesy TV-movie look, lacking the artsy precision and sensuality expected for this genre.
The forced romantic subplot and half-baked plot pieces also bugged reviewers. As Polygon put it, Lift fumbles the clever heist concept and never gets viewers hooked. Though it boasts cool locations and a fun last-act twist the film’s take on the heist formula falls flat.
So despite the A-list talent behind the scenes, Lift disappoints fans and critics alike as a lackluster heist thriller entry. It seemed to have potential but clearly bit off more than it could chew.
Crafting a captivating heist film extends beyond the intricacies of the theft itself; it hinges on the dynamic chemistry among the actors. While the thrill of breaking into vaults or stealing precious objects can be enjoyable, it becomes truly impactful when executed by characters we genuinely care about. Recall the Ocean’s movies — it’s not the heists, but the engaging banter and camaraderie of the cast that linger in memory.
Inception’s complex dream invasion plot succeeds due to its tormented protagonist and his intricate mission to mend a mark’s relationship with his deceased father. Heat’s phenomenal bank-robbery shootout gains depth from its mesmerizing, melancholic characters.
Lift Has a standout cast, yet it is far away from striking, thrill
Enter Netflix’s new heist movie, Lift, where the standout feature is its well-assembled cast. Kevin Hart, typically known for comedic roles, assumes the role of Cyrus Whitaker, a notorious con artist and thief. The plot kicks off with Cyrus orchestrating a spectacle at an NFT art auction, cleverly kidnapping the Banksy-like artist to boost the artwork’s value.
Cyrus is surrounded by a likable crew of accomplices: Denton (Vincent D’Onofrio), a somewhat hapless master of disguise; Camila (Úrsula Corberó), a spirited getaway driver and pilot; Magnus (Billy Magnussen), an adrenaline-junkie safecracker; and Mi-Sun (Yun Jee Kim), a skilled hacker.
While technology in films can offer entertainment, it becomes problematic when employed as a mere crutch to compensate for a lackluster script. The silver lining amid the chaotic antics in Lift is the sheer confusion, preventing viewers from fully grasping the punishing implausibility of it all.