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Sky-High Heists and Hart-Felt Hijinks: A 'Lift'-Off to Laughter (2024) Movie Review

Follows a master thief and her ex-boyfriend who team up to steal $100 million in gold bullion being transported on a 777 passenger flight.

Hello, movie aficionados! Dan here, back with another rib-tickling dive into Netflix's latest attempt at cinematic gold (literally), "Lift." So buckle up, or should I say, fasten your seatbelts – it's going to be a bumpy, laugh-filled ride.

First up, our stars! Remember Kevin Hart? The pint-sized powerhouse of comedy who's been in, well, everything? From "Jumanji" to "Central Intelligence," Kevin's the guy you call when you want a film to be 30% funnier. And then there's Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the radiant talent from "Belle" and "Black Mirror," who adds a touch of class to whatever she touches. Lastly, Sam Worthington, you know, Mr. "Avatar" himself, who seems to have found a way to sneak into blockbusters when no one's looking. Together, they're like a mismatched crew of A-listers you didn’t know you needed.

The plot of "Lift" is what you get when you cross "Ocean's Eleven" with an in-flight safety video. It follows a master thief

(Gugu Mbatha-Raw, bringing her A-game) and her charmingly out-of-depth ex-boyfriend (Kevin Hart, trying his best to play it cool). They team up to swipe $100 million in gold from a plane. Yes, a plane. Because apparently, robbing a vault on the ground is so last season.

What I liked? "Lift" has a vibe that's reminiscent of "Out of Sight," but with an altitude twist. And while George Clooney’s charisma might be in another stratosphere, Kevin Hart brings his own brand of humor that's hard not to chuckle at, even when he’s trying oh-so-hard to be Mr. Serious. The dialogues are like a ping-pong match of wits – some hit, some miss, but it's fun to watch them bounce around.

Now, for the not-so-great bits. Ever watched a movie and felt like you're supposed to care about the characters more than you actually do? "Lift" has that in spades. Kevin Hart, bless his funny bones, doesn't quite carry the heist-leader mantle convincingly. He's the king of comedy, sure, but as a dramatic lead? Jury's still out. And let's talk about that laser-hacking scene during turbulence – I haven't laughed that hard since I saw a cat trying to catch its own tail. Also, the big twist? If you've seen more than three heist movies, you'll see it coming from a mile high.

A little tidbit for you trivia lovers: "Lift," also produced by Kevin Hart, was supposed to grace our screens in August 2023 but got delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Ah, the drama behind the scenes always makes the movie sweeter, doesn't it?

So, where does "Lift" land in the grand scheme of Netflix binges? I'm giving it a cruising altitude score of 6.8/10. It's not the flight of the century, but it's an enjoyable ride if you’re in for some lighthearted turbulence and a few laughs.

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