Movie Review: SLEIGHT

May 1, 2017 By



J.D. Dillard

Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill

“Sleight” is a new drama starring Jacob Latimore as “Bo”, an intelligent young man, whose life gets turned upside down when his mother dies unexpectedly during his senior year of high school. With his father also having passed away when Bo was younger, it’s up to him to now raise his little sister, and try to provide a better life for them both.
With his college dreams now dashed, he spends his time out on the California streets as a street magician, performing illusions for tourists and anyone that wants to contribute some funds to him. His magic skills are really good, but he has to employ other means to get more money. For that, he runs drugs for a charismatic dealer named Angelo, played by┬áDule Hill from “Psych”.

When Angelo’s business is threatened by a rival dealer, Bo’s role within the drug game becomes increasingly more involved than just selling pills and coke to college kids. Now he has to use everything he knows to get himself, and his sister away from this harrowing lifestyle.

As cool as the ingredients of this movie are, it is surprisingly just a quiet drama. I was expecting something a bit more in the vein of “Chronicle”. Bo’s desire to be free of this drug dealer is played almost completely straight. There’s no levity, no big action scenes, mainly it’s drama and some suspenseful scenes as he continues to make difficult decisions, and then be witness as things start spiraling way out of control. The added flavor of him being a “magician” comes into play with a few key scenes towards the end, but I wish it was woven a bit more throughout the story.

I loved, LOVED a lot of elements of this movie especially all the performances including Seychelle Gabriel as a cutie love interest “Holly” and Storm Reid as Bo’s little sister “Tina”. The drama was intense, and there’s also some of the most suspenseful scenes I’ve seen on screen this year, I just really wished the script delved a little bit more into the “comic book” type elements of the story. To be fair, I kind of thought the same thing about M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable”, and now that film is heralded a classic. This is definitely a strong start from this new filmmaker.

Grade 2.5 out of 5

-“Marquee Mark”