Sleight was described to me as "a real superhero movie". I can't totally agree with this, or totally disagree. I would probably describe it as a bit of a drama, with some action, and a splash of superhero film.
We start the movie with what seems to be a message or a voicemail for our main character Bo (Jacob Latimore). It's clear his mother has recently passed away, and he's being encouraged not to give up on his scholarship. Cut to a year later and Bo is working the streets as a magician and caring for his young sister.
Beyond your standard card tricks, Bo is doing some levitation work that seems to imply that something is going on beyond just your standard street performer.
The story takes a slightly darker turn when Bo leaves his sister with a neighbor and heads out for the night to sell drugs.
As Bo gets deeper and deeper in with his supplier Angelo (Dule Hill) he starts looking for a way out.
This is where the movie takes a slightly darker turn. Using his skills as a magician and his unique gifts, Bo seeks to get his sister and himself out of the bad neighborhood.
I have to say, this movie was superbly acted. Jacob Latimore nailed the main character. He was very believable as a confident performer, but more soft spoken in the presence of Hill's dominating character. And although he is in a bad situation, you can feel for the boy who is only trying to make the best for his family.
Dule Hill is the other standout actor. I'm only familiar with his work on the TV show Psych, so I was a little worried because that's a very different type of role and character. I was worried that seeing him in a serious role would take me out of the story, but he managed to pull me in even deeper.
I noticed that this movie doesn't have great ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. I wonder if this is affected by people going in expecting a true superhero film. I would warn you not to expect a Spider-Man or Superman type of movie, but there are aspects of these types of movies.
Overall, I give Sleight a B+. I really think this is worth your time, just know that you're getting a drama film, with a bit of action.
Have you seen Sleight? What did you think?