Lift: how to watch, reviews and everything we know about the Kevin Hart movie

The cast of Lift
Yun Jee Kim, Billy Magnussen, Úrsula Corberó, Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Vincent D’Onofrio in Lift (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Kevin Hart made a whole series where he was trying to become an action star in Die Hart and its sequel Die Hart 2, well now he is officially headlining a an action movie for Netflix, Lift.

After a 2023 slate of Netflix original movies that include Murder Mystery 2, They Cloned Tyrone, The Mother, Nyad, The Killer and Maestro, Lift is the first major original movie for the streamer in 2024. Hart of course is no stranger to working with Netflix, with the comedic actor having starred in Netflix original movies Fatherhood, The Man from Toronto and Me Time.

Here's what you need to know about Hart's latest Netflix original movie, Lift.

How to watch Lift

Lift is now streaming exclusively on Netflix. So in order to watch the action movie you need to have a Netflix subscription.

There are a number of plan options for new subscribers to choose from, including an ad-based plan. Take a look at your options right here.

Lift cast

Kevin Hart takes on the lead role of Cyrus Whitaker in Lift, the leader of the main group of thieves. In addition to his history with Netflix, Hart is one of the most popular stand-up comedians in the world and has a list of starring roles that include Ride Along, Get Hard, Central Intelligence, The Secret Life of Pets and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The crew of thieves helping Hart's Whitaker with the central heist of the movie is made up of Vincent D'Onofrio (Dumb Money) as Denton, the master of disguise; Úrsula Corberó (Snake Eyes) as Camila, the wheelwoman; Billy Magnussen (Game Night) as Magnus, the safecracker; Yun Jee Kim (Mine) as Mi-Su; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Surface) as Interpol agent Abby Gladwell, who is behind using them all for the heist.

Also set to appear in Lift are Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: No Way Home) as mysterious digital artist N8, Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional) as investment banker Lars Jorgensen and Sam Worthington (Avatar: The Way of Water) as Dennis Huxley, Abby's Interpol boss. Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Burn Gorman (The Offer) and Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders) are also in the cast.

Lift plot

The official synopsis for Lift is short, sweet and to the point:

"An international heist crew, led by Cryus Whitaker, race to lift $500 million in gold from a passenger plane at 40,000 feet."

Lift trailer

Watch the trailer for Lift right here, which promises a high-flying movie to help kick-start the 2024 new movie slate: 

You can also check out this special Lift trailer released to celebrate the new year:

Lift reviews

Lift is not a critic pick based on its Rotten Tomatoes score — it has a 33% "Rotten" ratings from critic as of January 12 — but general movie fans seem to enjoy it, as the fan score on the site is at an 82% positive.

F. Gary Gray movies

The Lift director is F. Gary Gray, who is very familiar with the action genre. Take a look at his full list of feature directing credits to date: 

  • Friday (1995)
  • Set It Off (1996)
  • The Negotiator (1998)
  • A Man Apart (2003)
  • The Italian Job (2003)
  • Be Cool (2005)
  • Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)
  • Men in Black: International (2019)

Lift poster

(Image credit: Netflix)
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.