Focus (2015) Review

Veteran con man Nicky pulling off his latest scheme has a shock when a woman, Jess turns his world upside down.

Jess wants nothing more than to properly be in the con business and Nicky teaches her a few new tricks as she works for him and his team. She has mainly been stealing wallets and watches, but the pair become romantically involved if you can call it that. Not much romance going on in this film, or even chemistry between the pair. I guess you can see where I am going with this review, I did not like or enjoy any part of this film at all.

I will be honest and say that I never actually fancied it with the trailer was made it look poor. But the actually film was even worse than I could imagine. The script with the awful dialogue has to be mentioned, pretty much everything throughout is linked with sex something which really does not need to be talked about from start to finish in a film for me. Makes it look like they didn’t have any other good smart ideas so resorted to the “sex jokes”.

The lack of chemistry between the leading pair does not help, I honestly did not care who was conning who and if they get together in the end. I also didn’t find any of the characters likeable at all, surely this helps? I am sure a lot of people will enjoy this though, as Will Smith probably has a large following. Not his best genre of films to star in, my opinion of course.

I guess this is the typical post Oscar rubbish I have grown to expect when it comes to cinema released films in March. We have just had a lot of well thought about, acted and put together films so anything else at this time of year is going to really struggle. But seriously some the lines and attempted twists in the film were funny, obviously they were not meant to be. I am trying to think of positives for this film but unfortunately failing to do so.

When you don’t really fancy seeing a film it can go two ways, it takes you by surprise or it is exactly how you expect and you don’t enjoy it. Certainly the latter for me in this case, I’m going to finish by saying that it is just badly put together. The plot has a lot of holes and the attempts to shock was loads and loads of twists throughout just don’t work at all.

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  1. I actually enjoyed the movie.. though the chemistry thing, now that I think of it, was lacking a lot between Smith and Robbie. Maybe it’s the fact that they have such a big age difference that it’s impossible for them to connect.

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    1. Like hearing that you enjoyed it! They just didn’t fit together for me, didn’t think it was an age difference problem though as didn’t think that was massively obvious.

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      1. IT wasn’t obvious visually, but I sensed it in a way that Smith has been on screen for SO long and Robbie just stumbled into Hollywood. I think having maybe a more known actress as the lead would somehow created a more relaxed environment? Who knows.. Maybe Smith just can’t be attracted to women because his wife gets too jealous.

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        1. That’s a good point! I can see what you mean, Just made me think that Robbie didn’t have the best chemistry with DiCaprio in Wolf of Wallstreet either!

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          1. Just look at the interview she and Smith did on Graham Norton Show last week, even sitting on the couch she didn’t radiate heat.. I mean, she feels like a tomboy to me, a gorgeous woman who can kick ass and doesn’t need men next to her.

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  2. Good review Caz. Smith and Robbie are quite good in this and clearly seem to have a lot of chemistry between each other. Also, the movie itself is quite fun to watch.

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