Netflix’s Sky High Review: Why So Low?

Sky High, aka Hasta el Cielo, a Spanish thriller film, released on Netflix today. Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, the film stars Miguel Herrán, Carolina Yuste, Asia Ortega, Luis Tosar, Richard Holmes, Patricia Vico and Fernando Cayo. It’s a heist drama written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría. Read our review below to know how it is.

In the past few years, we have seen several heist thrillers on Netflix as series or movies. Money Heist and Lupin are some fan favourites all over the world. In Sky High, La Casa de Papel actor Miguel Herrán plays the lead role. So is his character any different than Rio? Well, not really.

In the film, Ángel and his friends conduct several heists. They rob by smashing the car windows, shop windows and steal money, jewellery or anything valuable. But unlike Money Heist, here there’s no Professor to guide or save them. So Ángel gets caught several times. However, with the help of his gang and his lawyer Mercedes (Patricia Vico), he gets out of jail.

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A still from Sky High

If you wonder why the film is called Sky High, well, that’s where Ángel wants to reach in his life. Yes, by conducting those heists. But to ensure his safety, he decides to marry a girl named Sole (Asia Ortega) despite being in love with someone else named Estrella (Carolina Yuste). The writers have penned quite a silly story for someone who aims to reach the top.

So what’s good about Sky High? Too hard to answer because it was too hard to figure out. It starts on an intriguing note, and then it’s a downfall. There’s too much talking instead of high octane action and jaw-dropping twists for something that’s called a heist drama. Ángel and Estrella’s romance is a respite at times, but it doesn’t add anything to the narrative. Nothing impressed me in the film, especially when we saw some power-packed heist dramas on Netflix itself.

Now I’ll tell you what doesn’t work. It’s the story. The story has no compelling factor. The robbery conducted by these gangs appears quite juvenile. It’s a challenge to stay focused on a film that miserably fails to hold your attention. It reminded me of another Netflix film I watched last year called The Last Days of American Crime. It was such a snoozefest, and watching the Spanish thriller today felt like a Déjà vu.

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Sky High Still

Another factor that didn’t work well is the abrupt editing, the multiple time jumps that add confusion to the story, and too many characters. Being overambitious and trying to add a lot to a story can lead to disappointment.

Sky High: Is it worth it?

Overall, Sky High has no thrills. If anything it does, it makes you feel low. As a big fan of heist dramas, who loves getting astonished with twists and mind games. Miguel Herrán starrer missed it. Well, at least he gets to compensate for it with Money Heist Season 5. So you can skip this film as you won’t be motivated to continue watching it after 45-50 minutes.

Sky High is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Instead of providing exciting thrills and twists and turns, Sky High is a snoozefest that gives too little to look forward to.
Pooja Darade
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