February 15, 2024

premise of Liftaddition of Netflix’s catalogue of heist thrillers is riddled with predictable twists and cardboard-likecharacters

The moviewhich is the latest movie to be added to Netflix’s catalogue of heist thrillers, sounds fascinating as a massive consignment of gold is to be stolen mid-air. The thriller shot in some of the most beautiful locations of the world, including Venice, Switzerland and Ireland, looks slick. The movie, which presumably wants to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, is powered by a diverse cast. Yet, the movie helm by F. Gary Gray, who has directed movies like The Italian Job (2003) and The Fate of the Furious (2017), falls short of being gripping as it goes for style over substance.

Written by Daniel Kunka, Lift follows the adventures of a professional thief Cyrus Whitaker ( movie) and his expert crew as they attempt the ultimate heist: stealing USD 500 million in gold from a vault on a plane — 40000 feet in the air as it flies over the Alps. The thriller has a team of hackers who can make the most complicated heists look like child’s play. That’s established with a lengthy opening sequence when an enigmatic artist is whisked away by the gang and an intense chase on Venice canals ensues. Soon after, Interpol agent Abby Gladwell (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who is hot on Whitaker’s trail, approaches him with the proposal to steal the gold at her senior official’s behest.

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