Focus Movie Review

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Director:  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Cast:  Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro
Will Smith has always delivered flicks that are fun to watch even 10 years later, from his days as a sitcom star in the cult 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air', or being a rapper, gradually shining on the silver screen. May it be his fun characters in Men in Black | Independence Day; I, Robot | I am Legend where he gave a good turn to average films; or his skills in drama in Seven Pounds | The Pursuit of Happyness, his adaptive nature has always been worth a mention and then came After Earth! Why the synopsis of his filmography? Well, I am waiting for his Wolf of the Wall Street. Where is his American Sniper? FOCUS, no doubt is a good popcorn flick but, where has the fire gone? *Siiiigggghhhh* Sadness.
Focus is just about the same 'I, Robot' kind of a film which is a time killer that Will Smith has garnered an experienced to excel in. The movie has a nice conman story to it but, is nothing that haven't already seen in Catch me if you can or the Ocean's Series.
The movie starts off with master conman, Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) who is unflinchingly running frauds around the Superbowl. Enter Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie), an aspiring pickpocket who wants in; Starting with Nicky's team, to his bed, eventually getting conned by Nicky himself.
Scene Change. 3 years later....
The abrupt time lapse is extremely unnecessary and indeed abrupt for the viewer as well, since it doesn't resolve any aspect. Nicky & Jess run into each other wherein the former is trying to scam an Argentinian Race-Car Affecianado, Rafael Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro). What follows is some adequate jauntiness, stealing (of course) and punch lines, which carries the film at a decent pace with fun moments along-with but, never boils down to anything. There are a lot of casinos, shady go-downs but, it always feels artificial for some reason. To put in an apt way, Nicky's 30 man/woman team are a bunch of nobodies who go about conning one another with far too many coincidences rather than actual skill. From sexy models to sleazy cartoonish men, their antics just don't add up during any pivotal con.
However, one of the few highlights of the movie would be Margot Robbie, taking a giant leap from her role as a trophy wife in The Wolf of Wall Street, hinting that she may have it to become amongst the A-Listers in no time. Her energy is at par with Will Smith during the entire segment, making FOCUS a delight to watch every time she comes on the screen.
In all like I repeatedly stated, Focus is all fine. Nothing great but, nothing bad either. It falls in between of a serious crime flick & an action-rom-com, justifying neither but, showcasing enough, which is surprising, for even those good tit-bits make for a pretty, enjoyable popcorn flick; for which I give it 3 SHORS on 5.
Imagine what they could've done with more focus on FOCUS. Cheers.
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