While this high-end caper may loose focus on its narrative perspective, it never looses sight of its two glamorous con artist (Will Smith and Margot Robbie).
Now, Focus is no Notorious or American Hustle, however, it still gets the con done one way or another. Back by its slick sexy two leads, Smith and Robbie’s chemistry is a treat to watch on the big-screen. Self-importance and seductiveness takes top honors in the film and sets the stage for this colorful cat-and-mouse game.
Veteran con man Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) and his crew are at the peak of their business, that is, until Jess Barrett (Robbie) enters into the game. Smith brings charm and wit to the role of Nicky and never lets anyone get close to him. Cue that mysterious woman from his past. Nicky makes the mistake by taking Jess in under his wing and she ends up throwing his plans for a loop.
At times, Focus fumbles by loosing sight of its preposterous plot, but directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) keep this steamy romance about two people who don’t trust each other going. To keep the audience distracted, Focus’ settings (New Orleans, New York and Buenos Aires) dazzle our attention spans. Smith bounces back from that God-awful film (After Earth), while Robbie is beauty and class. Her performance deals the winning hand in the end and keeps the audience guessing. Focus may not be the best of con films, but its glamor and color will hold the audience’s interest until it ends.
Focus is rated R (Restricted). For language, some sexual content and brief violence.