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"Crime pays...'til the payback."
  • R
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.2  (426)

"Lift" is a gritty independent film that paints a picture of the underground world of professional shoplifting. The film follows the life of a talented young thief, Niecy (Kerry Washington), who is one of a group of friends who have made a name for themselves as expert lifters. Niecy is intelligent, focused, and determined to become the best member of her crew, but her ambitions push her to take bigger risks that could expose her and her friends.

As Niecy and her friends plan their most ambitious heist yet, stealing $20,000 worth of designer clothes from an upscale department store, Niecy becomes increasingly conflicted about her lifestyle. She is drawn to the adrenaline rush of successfully pulling off a heist, but she also confronts the risks and consequences of her actions. At the same time, Niecy develops a friendship with a security guard at the store, who shows her a glimpse of a different life.

Throughout the film, Niecy's relationships with her friends, family, and lover are tested, as she tries to balance her criminal activities with her personal life. Her mother (Lonette McKee) is a struggling single parent who disapproves of her daughter's illegal activities, while her younger sister idolizes her. Her boyfriend, who is also a member of the lift crew, is supportive of her criminal pursuits but becomes jealous when she becomes more ambitious.

"Lift" is an intense and thought-provoking film that explores themes of poverty, race, gender, and power dynamics. Niecy is a complex character who is both sympathetic and flawed, and Washington delivers a powerful performance that captures the character's emotional journey. The film is also notable for its portrayal of women in a genre dominated by male protagonists.

The film was directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The filmmakers brought a unique visual style to the film, using evocative camera work and editing to convey the heists and their aftermath. The film also features an eclectic soundtrack that incorporates hip hop, jazz, and R&B, adding to the film's gritty and vibrant atmosphere.

"Lift" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and received critical acclaim for its bold and honest portrayal of a marginalized community. The film serves as a powerful statement on the social and economic inequalities that drive people to extreme measures, and the consequences they face as a result. It is a must-see for anyone interested in independent cinema and social justice issues.

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    1 hr 25 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (426)