Plot: A slick con artist takes on a beautiful protege whom he tries desperately not to fall in love with.
Review: It seems like it’s been a while since Will Smith has blessed us with a good movie. The last time he really had a good/decent movie was in 2012(Men in Black 3). That was a whole 3 years ago. Holy shit. That’s not including his horrible After Earth movie that came out in 2013. People have been waiting for Will Smith to return to his A-list blockbuster self. A lot of people were thinking Focus would kick-start his career back to what it used to be. I can tell you that after watching this movie, it may not have jumped his career back to normal, but it’s definitely a good step forward.
The movie starts off with Will Smith playing con-man Nicky Spurgeon. He meets Jess Barrett(played by the beautiful Margot Robbie) at a lounge and the two seem to hit it off. She brings him back to her hotel room only for Nicky to find out that Jess is trying to be somewhat of a con artist herself. Funny thing is, he knew the whole time. Jess is amazed at the things Nicky can do and she asks him if he can teach her his ways. The two make their way to New Orleans(Super Bowl weekend) with about 30 other cohorts to make a big score by pickpocketing, stealing people’s credit cards, etc. Pretty much the stuff you wouldn’t want happening to you. The group makes millions. The two fall in love in New Orleans, but Nicky’s “never let emotion get in the way of work” attitude causes him to leave her.
About three years later, Nicky is broke and needs to make more money. He sets his eyes on a Spanish race car mogul(played by Rodrigo Santoro) who owns a very much wanted object in the racing world. Pretty much Nicky gets him to believe he is helping him have a bigger chance at winning the race, when in reality – he is in fact conning the man. But during the job, he sees Jess and the plan quickly changes.
When Focus first came out, it was greeted with mixed reviews. Some people loved it, and some people hated it. I personally found the movie decent enough to watch. It might be because i’m a Will Smith fan, or it might be because Margot Robbie is just so nice to look at. In my opinion, Focus is a movie that is leading Will Smith back on track. His next movie will either be better than this, or worse. No in between. We all love Smith and love seeing him in movies so we are kind of just waiting for him to make his big return. The real star of this movie is Margot Robbie. You may remember her in The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie steals every scene in this movie. The main problem i had with this movie is that it wasn’t steady. The opening of the movie bored me, once they hit New Orleans i was all in, and then it lost me again. It was a back and fourth fight with my attention span. The two leads(Smith and Robbie) were great, but the story had TOO many twists and turns. Sometimes, all you need is one good twist.
I am usually a fan of directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa(they directed this movie together). I loved their film “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. It just seemed like there was something missing in Focus. As if they had all the pieces, but something was missing. In my opinion, the story should have had just a little more tweaking for it to be better than what it really was.
So there you have it- if you walk into Focus with low expectations, expect the movie to exceed a little past that. If you walk in with high expectations, prepare for disappointment. In what could have been a really good movie, we get a decent enough movie to wait till Redbox. I’m still waiting for Will Smith’s big return. Im assuming that will probably be in 2016 when he stars in Suicide Squad. As for Focus, i give it a 6/10.