A movie about magic. You expect either an over-the-top movie full of tricks like Now You See Me, or perhaps a fantasy or sci-fi movie, ala Doctor Strange. But with the upcoming Sleight, you get elements of these – fused into a deep drama. That’s not to say its going to boring though, if this teaser trailer is anything to go by.
The film got rave reviews at the Sundance film festival and actually has a lot of depth in its story that goes beyond just being about a young man Bo (Jacob Latimore) who realizes he can do magic, but also transcends into the real life struggle of a person pushing drugs and committing crimes to get more money. In fact, despite what this trailer shows, the movie is apparently more that then it is about magic – but I guess they need to give it some edge to sell it the wider audience.
Sleight is written and directed by J.D Dillard (writer and director of Judy Goose and who also worked on the special effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and features a relatively unknown cast outside of Latimore. Despite this, it looks well put together and likely will still be a good movie if what we see here is anything to go by. The movie is due out on April 7, 2017 with no release date yet for South Africa, not unsurprising considering its small indie-budget.
You can view the official synopsis below:
When Bo, a handsome and gifted high school student, suddenly becomes the sole caretaker for his little sister, Tina, he foregoes college to dedicate his talents to the craft of magic. He wows audiences as a street magician but still has to make ends meet, so he cleverly uses his skills to peddle drugs for the local dealer, Angelo. However when Bo falls for Holly, an adorable teenager in need of support, he decides to get out of the drug business, causing Angelo to threaten his family. Bo must now rely on his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save the day.
Last Updated: December 2, 2016