I was a little worried about "Sleight" because of its potentially over-the-top elements and its frequent comparisons to "Chronicle", but the premise seemed interesting enough for me to give it a try.
The plot of the film is pretty good. What I had anticipated to be over-the-top was actually rather well-restrained and interesting. As a whole, the film did a really good job with the thriller elements. The suspense was exciting, and the conflict was believable. On the other hand, I think the film also functions well as a human drama. The dialogue is written very naturally, and the characters are all developed and likable (if they are supposed to be likable).
The story is also well-executed. The cinematography is surprisingly nice. Instead of opting for the found-footage format, which would have been the easy way out, the cinematography feels more like that of an indie drama. The sound design of the film is also impressive. The use of score over montages was great, as was the use of diegetic sounds within scenes.
Overall, I thought that "Sleight" was a really impressive thriller. I didn't expect a lot out of it, but it was surprisingly fresh and thoughtful. Unfortunately, it did not receive a particularly wide release, so it will be hard for most to see.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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