Focus | Movie Review 14 Mar 2015   339


Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, Robert Taylor
Direction: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Genre: Crime
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Critics Review

Times Of India:

The secret to being a smooth operator who can swipe someone’s wristwatch from right under their noses, believes Nicky, is focus. Focus, and clever distraction. He leads a team of thieves who can collectively clean out a small city of its valuables. When Nicky goes out to dinner one night, he is later on almost taken to the cleaners himself by the beautiful Jess, whose game he sees through.
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He steals stuff. She steals his heart. He pushes her away after a particularly big and successful con. Things are never the same again. They meet years later in Buenos Aires. She’s with a race car team owner and he’s there to help said owner pull off a con of his own. Will they con each other into falling for each other again?
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Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficara, who made ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, ‘Focus’ is an unfortunate name for this movie because it does not excel in the one thing the title promises. No one in the movie has any idea what to do in the film. There is no clear mandate of whether to deliver comedy, or a con game, or a seductive romance, or twists or exotic foreign locales. The film clumsily attempts all of those things and fails to give us a good look at any of those things.
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Will Smith’s greatest strength as a movie star has always been his consummate charm, even if it did fail him in his last starring role, in the deathly dull sci-fi stinker After Earth. Thankfully, Big Willie brings his A-game to ‘Focus’, a glossy, slick con movie that coasts along nicely for the most part, until its final act when logic is stretched to breaking point and the film stops being fun.
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The Indian Express:

THE Censors have had their way with Will Smith’s latest, including delaying its release. The film has also been shorn of several sex scenes and abuses, shortening it from its already prim 105 minutes. Which is another way of saying that Focus could have been longer. It’s hard to say who has gained in the process, Focus or the Censors. Given the thin plot by which hangs this slick con caper — barely scraping through before the holes start showing — any longer would probably not have been a good idea.
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