Will Smith recently acknowledged on what a disaster “After Earth” turned out to be. It wasn’t like the movie was a career killer for the actor, but his star was not shining as brightly as it once had. Today, February 27, his new movie opens, “Focus.” It’s not one of his best, but he certainly has begun righting his ship.
Nicky the Mellow (Smith) is one of the best con men out there. He runs an entire team of other cons and pick pockets. He takes on a new “intern” in the form of Jess (Margot Robbie). Nicky’s number one rule is “Never drop the con. Die with the lie.” But will that motto cost them their very lives?
Will Smith carries “Focus” very well. The movie does not go too over the top and it allows him to really act. However, the person who really steals this movie and is constantly a sight to see is Margot Robbie. She easily holds her own next to Smith, just as she did in “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio. The woman can produce a teardrop on cue. It wouldn’t be surprising if she asked directors, “Which eye would you like the teardrops to come from, left, right or both?” She is a master of accents and easily rides an emotional roller coaster. An amazing career is before her. She is a very beautiful woman and the only ting that surpasses that beauty is the talent she possesses. Now that she will be portraying Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC Comics movie adaptation of, “Suicide Squad” the world will know her well very soon. By the time her career is over, we will be calling her multi-Oscar winner, Margot Robbie.
After you see “Focus” you may feel a little uneasy about going out in public, especially using your ATM card as we watch Nicky and his crew easily lift wallets, jewelry and almost whatever they want from a variety of victims. The producers on the movie even hired a Con Artist Adviser/Pick Pocket Design person for the production.
Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have directed more lighter fare movies like “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” “Focus” is a drama with humor mixed into it. Despite the title, it’s hard to remain completely focused to what’s on the screen as it does meander on at times. The music in the movie is way overused. Some scenes just needed to end, but instead carries on for way too long and that’s when you notice the music being used to score the scene.
The movie is being shown in IMAX format and there are shots in the movie that utilizes the screen size, so paying extra to see it that wayt is not a waste of money. “Focus” is a nice selection to go see this weekend. It is Rated R for language, some sexual content including brief nudity and brief violence.