Movie Review: Sleight
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘A young street magician is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.’
5.9/10 IMDb rating 62% Metacritc 72% Rotten Tomatoes
So this film has been on my watch list for some time since I've seen the trailer back in 2016. Now the trailer made the film appear to be something different. After watching the film as I find with most trailers the best parts are in the the trailer and paints a different picture and this is no different than any other film. I appeared as if it was almost a superhero film and it was far from that not that it was a bad thing at all.
Yes I know this will come as a shock but this is another film made by WWE Studios. However, it is one of a handful that doesn't star any current or former wrestlers. The only star of the film that I noticed was Dule Hill and he plays Angelo who is Bo’s (main character) boss and local drug supplier and I'm always up for movies with nobodies in it and I'm pleasantly surprised by them quite a bit.
Bo is a young street magician whose parents have passed and he is taking care of his little sister. He does street magician work during the day and then during the rest of the day he is selling drugs for Angelo and things are going well and simply until another rival supplier moves in and things get very dark. Bo is pulled into the darkness quickly and is extremely fearful of what else can happen and wants to get out and starts to try to make more money to get out and gets caught. Angelo snaps and gives him an ultimatum and even kidnaps his sister.
During the movie Bo also gets involved with a girl which appears to be for the first time. He later finds out that she is being beaten by her family and takes her into his home.
It's a very dark film from a cinematography standpoint a lot of nighttime filming and the darker seedier parts of town and dealing with the drug underworld of the city as well. There are a few things that you have to suspend your disbelief almost like when you are watching a WWE event. I won't spoil the specifics but there are a few things that just made me wonder as to how it happened based on the scenario and I couldn't exactly figure it out but it didn't detract from the film or the story.
Even though its and ‘indy’ film from WWE Studios it was a solid film from beginning to end. It touches on a lot of real issues between the characters and the relationships between Bo and his sister, Bo and Angelo, Bo and his girlfriend and a few other little relationships.
Would I purchase the film? There are very few films I would purchase these days but this is a close one for me but I probably wouldn't in the end. Would I watch it again? Absolutely, I am actually thinking I may give it another watch in the next week or two after I bang out a couple other shows and films. Give it a view for a number of reasons it's a great film that deals with real life issues on a small budget. It rolls from beginning to end and wraps up all the little points very well in a nutshell in a good way. Let me know what you think of it.
4 Beards out of 5
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