Sleight ★★★★½

Quickie Review 
Well, this was a surprise. A presentation of WWE Studios and Blumhouse Tilt, JD Dillard’s Sleight is a more grounded and realistic take on the superhero movie and is just as entertaining and exciting as one. In the film, Jacob Latimore (Detroit, Ride Along) plays Bo, a street magician who also works as a drug dealer in order to provide for himself and his little sister Tina (Storm Reid) after the death of his mother. It’s not a job he enjoys but his enigmatic and ruthless employer Angelo (Dulé Hill) pays him well and he’s able to keep a roof over his and Tina’s head without having to stray too far from the straight and narrow. However, when he causes trouble with Angelo and Tina is kidnapped, he must use his own talent for magic to save her and get out of the life once and for all. I never expected a movie made by the WWE to be this enjoyable and satisfying to sit through. Well, there’s No One Lives and The Call but this is totally different. Latimore turns in a breakout performance while Hill’s role as Angelo is on par with Albert Brooks’ performance in Drive. There’s not a single trace of Gus from “Psych” in this performance as he strikes a strong balance between charismatic and intensely evil. With the way that it ended, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to go with a sequel and considering how successful Blumhouse has been in the last 5 years, they’re good for it but if not, at least give JD Dillard a movie to make for DC or Marvel. He would make a good fit for a movie based on either “Static Shock” or whoever else Marvel didn’t make a movie of yet. This is a movie that’s really worth recommending so definitely check out Sleight.

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