Sleight stars Jacob Latimore as Bo, who is a twenty-something magician trying to make his sister's (Storm Reid) life better after the recent death of their parents. While performing his magic tricks for a couple of bucks, he meets Holly (Seychelle Gabriel), and they soon fall for each other, growing closer and closer. To earn more money, certainly more than he would as a magician, by night Bo works for Angelo (Dule Hill) as a drug dealer throughout a large part of Los Angeles. When Angelo asks Bo to bite off more than he can chew, Bo must use his telekinesis powers to make everything right and escape the drug dealing life.
Sleight is trying to tell a serious story, and even though it can feel a bit familiar, it succeeds. Its central story is grounded in the real world; a story we've seen before, but with a sci-fi aspect keeping it fresh. I won't spoil what, but they give a very unique explanation for why Bo has his powers. It's impossible, obviously, but easy to buy into. They also tie his powers into his love of magic, and there are a lot of cool things the filmmakers do with the "magic" trick aspects of this movie.. Bo's magic is a part of him, and his love for it has tangible emotional depth. Bo is a very well realised character and his arc is very exciting to see unfold.
Sleight has a very small budget. $250,000 to be exact, according to Box Office Mojo. For a film about a character with superpowers, you'd think that the micro-budget would be a huge problem, but it's not totally. When the film does show off Bo's powers, it looks great. He moves objects and stops bullets in mid air, and it's really convincing. The film does suffer from not being able to explore his powers as deeply as they'd want, and you can feel the director's want for a higher budget in the final act. While I did think the finale was an emotionally satisfying and cool ending to the story, the battle itself feels a little anti-climatic. Not completely anti-climactic, but a little. It'll excite you, but leave you wishing you saw Bo kick a little more ass.
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