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nymusix

The slick style and high production values, as well as good performances by attractive actors, are almost enough to obscure the fact that this is a pretty predictable, unoriginal movie with a plot that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, all things considered.
9 years 1 month ago
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Bennythen00b

Very forgettable. Just will smith being will smith with a few twists.
9 years 2 months ago
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252

I wonder how many comments here are based on the imdb rating.

The score, the camera work and acting is solid. You could argue that Will Smith has been in too many movies to make you believe he's not him, but in my opinion, he fits the part of the charismatic conman and the chemistry between Jess and Nicki does more than solidify that. Farhad and the rest of the crew fit in well too.

The plot, although predictable at times, is original enough when you consider the myriad of similarly scripted movies. It's funny, has a good pace and if you're willing, it might keep you at the edge of your seat with a couple of very suspenseful scenes.

In summary, 7.5/10
9 years 1 month ago
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dream_tiger

I really wish Will Smith would stop making movies.
9 years 3 months ago
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Neens

The trouble with the 'you won't know who's conning who' concept is that you end up not caring for any of the characters, and just end up bored out of your mind.
5 months 1 week ago
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Siskoid

I'm a sucker for a well-made con man movie, and the Will Smith vehicle Focus is a pretty good entry in the genre, glamorous in a Rat Pack kind of way (and with Margot Robbie as the female lead, how could it not be), and yet often down to Earth in the way it presents the grifter's world. But that's part of the con it runs on the audience. It shows you a lot of "ordinary" grifting (so much so you'll never want to go out of the house again), but is really hiding some long cons that are hidden from Robbie's character, an up-and-coming grifter just learning the trade. But unlike the standard con movie which is all about the big job, Focus is more about the romantic relationship between the two leads and how difficult it would be to trust a partner in a world where lying is required and compulsive. Fun and well made without being groundbreaking, I think Focus is nevertheless a good entertainment that isn't telling the same old story the same old way.
8 years 6 months ago
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sneha

Could have been better at the ending . It felt abrupt and they were trying too hard to expain the whole things.. and spoiler
7 years 4 months ago
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Earring72

Ok but nothing special crime movie that suffers from unfocus. Wants to have it all, crime, caper, romantic, comedy but doesn't really gel....has some ok twists but it's just nothing spectaculair.
8 years 2 months ago
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CeeSnipes

The first hour is basically Johnnie To's Sparrow without the talent.
9 years 4 months ago
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Borvaran

Be patient, the beginning is just face palm, but after a while is not that bad.
9 years 4 months ago
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dippygirl78

Once again a movie that was slated as predictable rubbish turns out to be fully entertaining. Those who say this movie is predictable.... I'm sorry but I nearly fell off my sofa at the end!
How much nicer it is to never see things coming as you actually enjoy a movie instead of condemning it as it hasn't won 10 academy awards or isn't the most unique story you've ever seen.
Give it a go, it's really not as bad as it's made out on here!
6 years 11 months ago
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ikkegoemikke

"When you have their attention, you can take whatever you want. You have to be safe."

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"Focus" is a romantic crime movie in which the art of pickpocketing, manipulating and swindling is the point of focus (how appropriate). The end result isn't memorable cinema, but a typical popcorn movie with a scam duo fluttering around each other as lovestruck butterflies, playing a masterful game of seduction. Or is it also a con game? The whole film is a succession of ingenious orchestrated scams and ruses. Unfortunately, the ultimate scam is explained in detail very early in the film, so you can predict which direction its heading. Although, it's as entertaining as "Ocean's Eleven", filled with illusions as in "Now You See Me" and with a romantic storyline squirming itself through it.

It all starts in a restaurant in New York where Jess (Margot Robbie) tries to get rid of an annoying date by using Nicky (Will Smith) as a way out. What she doesn't realize is that Nicky is an experienced swindler who knows all the tricks of the trade and who recognized the subsequent attempt to defraud him immediately. Jess manages to become an apprentice of Nicky. Afterwards, they end up in New Orleans, the place to be at that time to steal as much generously stuffed wallets and other trinkets. Only Jess realizes too late that the personal world of Nicky is all about telling lies and cheating. And also that there's no place for romance in this life full of trickery. And certainly not, as his father taught him, with someone from the same milieu.

After the appalling movie "After Earth", Will Smith is back to give shape to this crook (a kind of mature version of The Fresh Prince). Luckily he hasn't invited one of his offspring to participate in this stylish film with enchanting interiors, glitzy hotels, luxury clothes and haute-cuisine scenes (before you know it Jaden could appear in it, while wearing a skirt). And he's accompanied by the breathtaking and tantalizing Margot Robbie, who previously showed her sensuality in "The Wolf of Wall Street". And this also happens to be a brilliant film with conning people as main topic. Besides being amazingly beautiful, this Australian actress can act too. Next to these two main actors, there were some who seemed familiar to me, but I couldn't place them immediately. Except BD Wong, who recently played the chief geneticist Henry Wu in "Jurassic World". He's the eccentric Chinese gambler Liyuan.

And Liyuan was also the key figure in the most (in my opinion) fascinating scene of this film. The Asian gambler who'll bet on anything. The crazier, the better apparently. This crucial scene shows what Nicky is capable of. How he manipulates his victims and indoctrinates them in a psychological way. As he recites somewhere in the movie : "You have to get inside the head of your victim.". But at the same time this also shows the weaker portion of the film. At a certain moment this film becomes highly confusing and it's getting more difficult to discern the difference between truth and deception. The first part is better than expected and sometimes brilliantly portrayed. For example the part where Nicky and his gang hit the streets of New Orleans and demonstrate their palette of pickpockets techniques. The second part looks nice when it's about scenery (which is really beautiful) but lacks passion. Hopefully there aren't any individuals who are going to bring, what is shown here, into practice on a large scale !

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9 years ago
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JenLaw_Derp99

One of my favorite movies of 2015!
8 years 10 months ago
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john__ray

Predecible
9 years 2 months ago
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Jace Lightner

Really good! Recommended.
9 years 4 months ago

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