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Sleight (2017) Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill

Sleight

R

2016 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 1h 30m

After his mother’s death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her.
“Sleight” is an ambitious genre mash-up about a young street magician that pulls off a nifty bit of trickery itself.

Jacob Latimore plays Bo, a Los Angeles high school graduate who turned down a college scholarship to take care of his orphaned kid sister Tina (Storm Reid). Since doing magic tricks for tourists doesn’t earn much, Bo resorts to dealing drugs near his home. Knowing that much, you could write the rest of this screenplay, as Dillard has few surprises up his sleeve. In fact, there’s just one worth mentioning: Subscribing to the philosophy that, “anyone can do a trick; doing something no one else can do makes you a magician,” Bo installs an electromagnet into his right shoulder, running wires through his skin to his fingers in order to levitate or move small metal objects.

Starting from there, Dillard could have gone in two directions: either embrace the fantasy element and go wild, or try to pass it off as plausible and focus on selling the realism of such a crazy idea. Sadly, he tries to keep things grounded, which leaves Bo’s tricks feeling silly (he can stop bullets or rip a grill right off your teeth) in a movie where the performances never come anywhere near convincing to start with.

Latimore has charisma, but he’s guilty of that beginner’s mistake of over-pantomiming every emotion. When his girlfriend Holly (Seychelle Gabriel) turns her back to change clothes, instead of sneaking discreet glances, Bo ogles her as a vaudeville clown might, all but tripping over himself. And after stealing money from a local bartender (Cameron Esposito), he breathes a deep sigh of relief, just to ensure that we understand that the coast is now clear.

What kind of magician hopes to fool his audience when he can barely contain his emotions from us? Sneaky as Bo may be with cards, it doesn’t take his quick-to-anger boss Angelo (Dulé Hill) long to figure out that Bo was dumb enough to cut the kilo of cocaine he was entrusted to sell — and now he’s on the hook for $45,000, or else Angelo will be performing a permanent disappearing act on the kid. Bo doesn’t have the money, but he does have his magic, and the ludicrous last reel of the film finds him behaving like an amateur superhero.

Then, without bothering to tie up loose ends, Sleight skips forward six months, at which point Bo has improved upon his lame parlor trick. Before we can see it, the credits roll and the film is over. It’s as if Dillard wants to one-up Chronicle (which he manages to do in the cinematography department, at least), or else pile on to M. Night Shyamalan’s fast-expanding Unbreakable universe (Blum also produced the hit Split, after all). But this drug-dealing kid ain’t much of a hero, and frankly isn’t interesting enough to be a villain.

Release date: April 28, 2017 (USA)
Director: Justin Dillard
Distributed by: WWE Studios, Blumhouse Productions, FilmDistrict, Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Justin Dillard, Alex Theurer
Producers: Alex Theurer, Eric B. Fleischman, Sean Tabibian

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Cast

Jacob Latimore
Bo
Seychelle Gabriel
Holly
Dulé Hill
Angelo
Storm Reid
Tina
Sasheer Zamata
Georgi

Sleight, Reviews

2016 film

Sleight Movie Review & Film Summary (2017) | Roger Ebert

Rating: 3/4 – ‎Review by Christy Lemire

2 days ago – Sleight” also has been described frequently as a superhero origin story—and sure, you could look at it that way, in that it’s about a young man …

Sleight – Wikipedia

Sleight is a 2016 American drama film about a street magician in Los Angeles. The film is directed by J.D. Dillard, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer and stars …

‘Sleight’ Review: Old Clichés, New Tricks | Variety

First-time director J.D. Dillard shows future potential with this low-budget, high-concept misfire about a drug dealer who thinks he’s magic.

Sleight Review – IGN

Rating: 6.5/10 – ‎Review by Alex Welch

2 days ago – Sleight succeeds at telling an interesting, if not unique or innovative street-level superhero story.

Sleight (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 71% – ‎28 reviews

Sleight succeeds with its creation of a modern quasi-superhero in Bo and the launching of an electric new leading man in Latimore. April 27, 2017 | Full Review …

Sleight · Film Review Sleight only looks fresh when compared to your …

Want to do Sleight a favor? Call it a superhero movie. Viewed through that particular genre lens, J.D. Dillard’s human-scaled origin story looks …

‘Sleight’ Movie Review: A Nifty Low-Budget Treat – Vulture

In his feature debut Sleight, with only minutes left on the clock, he delivers a climactic action scene that’s elegant and immensely satisfying …

Sleight: EW Review

When an actor surprises you, it’s magical. Dulé Hill was a steady TV presence from The West Wing through Psych. (I hear he’s on Ballers, and …

‘Sleight’: Sundance Review | Hollywood Reporter

JD Dillard’s directorial debut, co-starring Jacob Latimore, Dule Hill and Seychelle Gabriel, appeared in the festival’s NEXT section.

Sleight (2016) – IMDb

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Film Review: ‘Sleight’ – Variety

Arguably the biggest letdown of the 2016 Sundance film festival, J.D. … Alex Theurer), and yet, charitably speaking, “Sleight” shows potential.

Sleight – Home | Facebook

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