Title: Focus Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 45m
“Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.”
2:29 - “How many does it take to get to serial?” 4:53 - He’s got awesome confidence. Goes with the job, of course. 8:00 - “It’s a game of focus.” Title alert. 13:14 - That must have taken him ages to learn. “I’m sorry, what?” Hehehe. 16:28 - This isn’t a tourist advert for big events, is it? Jeez. 22:29 - Eek, the trouble with phone slideshows! 28:10 - Margot has ace nails. Makes me want to do mine, but who has the patience? 33:24 - Uh oh, I can see some money going down the drain here. 35:25 - “Take a knee…” Will Smith self-film reference! 40:56 - He’s really good at being a weasly bad guy. 46:24 - It’s boggling that the suggestion thing works. 51:49 - Trackside is not the best place for a business meeting! 55:13 - “Buenos Ares is a free country, right?” 1:09:37 - He just bit into an orange like it was an apple. Confusion. 1:12:49 - They blatantly didn’t shut the door to the room so the cameraman could come in. Anyone coulda seen them! 1:15:21 - Secretly quite loving grumpy Owens. 1:23:29 - You have to be a proper loyal goon to do something like that. 1:34:20 - The panic thing! They spelled it all out at the beginning. 1:40:22 - She got the watch! Love it.
Making up for everything bad about Blackhat, Focus was a fabulous fun ride. I love a good con film and this had all the right elements - clues dotted here and there to keep you guessing, and the big fantastic reveal in which you realise you got it all wrong.
Margot Robbie and Will Smith were both great, they had perfect chemistry when they were both liking and hating each other. Smith played the cool but slightly psychotic con man well, and Robbie had the naivety at the beginning that grew into confidence and some pretty kick-ass moves of her own at the end.
I really enjoyed everything about this movie. It even had the fun best friend as all good films do!