‘Rising High’ on Netflix Reviews: A Movie about High-End fraudsters that’s basically ‘Wolf of Small Street’. Does this drama/comedy offer us a different pitch on a familiar saga of cheaters and lap dancers and the small people they run over?
The Crux: A crazy gangsta party
There is going on Champagne, strippers, drugs, loud music. And then, the next morning guests passed out on the lawn. The SWAT team is kicking down the back door. Things are going well for Viktor (David Kross), a serial conmen.
He sits in a prison conference room, revealing his info to a journalist about how he gets attacked for securities fraud, money laundering and corruption.
Viktor learns to hate tax-paying when his father falls behind and his mom fly the coop for a richer man. He leaves home for Berlin, where he’s denied a rental application. As he has no job, works a day on a construction site and spends the night on a park bench.
That must have been a never-again moment, because the next day, he fakes an employment contract and ID. In return, he scores a penthouse.
He finds an identical mind in Gerry. They make a real estate malinger involving auction fraud, mortgage fraud and a handful of ripe suckers. Gerry’s old school pal Nicole helps out with the mortgage fraud. Viktor and Nicole fall in love.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?
At half the run time and about 32 per cent of the entertainment value, Rising High is more of Wolf of Small Street than Wolf of Wall Street.
Worth Watching Performance:
Kross is a hefty lead, and does his best with a thin screenplay offering his character a shallow sort-of-redemptive arc.
How’d they get the capital for one particular shady manoeuvre, the journalist asks? “We borrowed it from drug dealers at 15 per cent a week. An overdraft is nothing in comparison,” Viktor puns.
Rising High is a cynical story about a guy who kind of wants to crash the system. But it falls on top of him. He doesn’t commit; either would be more interesting than the half-realized character who’s supposed to anchor the film.
The core problem is, we are not sure writer/director Cuneyt Kaya has anything to say. Yes, yes, yes — but we knew that before watching this movie, and it diddles and farts with ideas without really exploring any, rendering its drama ineffective and its comedy apathetic.