Street Magic Leads to Super Powers for One Magician in Trailer for Thriller Sleight
Magic and sleight of hand can often be very dramatic, depending on the kind of magician performing. After you take a look at this strikingly thrilling trailer for Sleight, I’ll let you take a guess as to what kind of magician stands at the heart of this particular movie.
It’s your typical street busking magician story, right? Guy performs trick for girl, girl kinda digs him, guy reveals he’s alone in taking care of his sister, guy’s brother is actually a drug dealer, guy finds himself in the middle of a shakedown gone wrong, girl promises to help him, guy possibly gets magic super powers. Typical. Normal.
I’ll be honest: when I read the description for the movie, I was unsure about it. Mostly I was unsure if it could deliver on the premise without becoming corny or otherwise overwrought. And while the trailer definitely touts a few tropes and clichés, I still find myself convinced that it’s worth a watch. In fact, one of the pull quotes (from Fandango) describes the movie as “Chronicle meets Iron Man,” and frankly, I can’t resist a possible cross between these two movies that I enjoy quite immensely.
It’s not that far of a stretch, either, and the trailer certainly boasts qualities that feel pulled from each movie. Jacob Latimore stars as Bo, the magician in question here, and he certainly plays the part of enigmatic street magician to a tee. Seychelle Gabriel stars alongside him as Holly, a girl who’s way down to help him escape whatever fate might be waiting for him after his brother’s drug shakedown goes wrong. His brother, by the way, is played by Dulé Hill, whose seeming intensity in this movie diverges greatly from his long-running tenure on the TBS comedy Psych.
The cast is also primarily made up of people of color, which I’m stoked to see. As a whole, the movie seems like it’s filled with plenty of neat twists and mysteries, as most movies involving magic or illusion often do. And, as a fan of such movies, I’ll likely be checking this out when it lands in theaters April 7.
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