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Focus (2015)

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In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.
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Farhad
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Garriga
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Liyuan
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Horst
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McEwen
Dotan Bonen ...
Gordon
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Gareth
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Janice
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Drunken Stranger
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Jared
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Liyuan’s Bodyguard
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Card Player / Football Coach
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Storyline

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy.

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Never Drop The Con. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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27 February 2015 (USA)  »

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Fokus  »

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$50,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,685,137 (USA) (1 March 2015)

Gross:

$53,862,963 (USA)
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In the race team party scene, Owens mentions CERN as he warns Nicky not to over-think things. Based in Geneva Switzerland, CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) conducts ultra-high-energy particle physics experiments using the Large Hadron Collider. See more »

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During his explanation of the scam that took place during the Super Bowl game, Nicky comments that because the song "Sympathy for the Devil" has 124 "woo woos" and the Mandarin word for five is "wu" that the number 5 was being subconsciously planted in their mark Liyuan's head to help him pick the number 55, however the song doesn't start playing until after Liyuan picks a player, it only starts playing later when Jess looks through the binoculars and tries to pick the same player...so that would have done nothing to influence Liyuan's picking 55. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: I'm all crewed up, sweetie.
Jess: Oh come on, PLEASE. Can we just skip the part where I speak through thinly veiled allure and lead you to believe there is some earth-shattering hump in the works, cause I suck at that kind of stuff. I just want in.
Nicky: There is no earth-shattering hump in the works?
Jess: Yep.
Nicky: I don't even get thinly veiled allure?
Jess: No
Nicky: No baby voice. No lingering eye contact?
Jess: I'm hopeless.
Nicky: That's all my favorite shit.
Jess: I'm sorry.
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Featured in Focus: Gentleman Thief (2015) See more »

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Written and Performed by Terrance Simien
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Unsatisfying movie with Unclever Forced Twists.
10 October 2017 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

Just watched "Focus", a movie which made some buzz 2-3 years ago mainly because the rumored romance between the two main actors, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. I don't know what they actually did off-screen, but on-screen they have no chemistry at all.

Focus is a movie about con-artists. It doesn't try to follow the steps of "The Sting" or "Ocean's eleven", but it has the same goal, to confuse the audience on who is playing who... and here is where the problems are starting to arise...

The plot is paper thin and every con seems unnecessary and overcomplicated. There aren't that too many cons to begin with, but every one of them seems forced. A futile effort from the writers, to "amaze" the audience.

You see, to make the audience to expect a twist is basically a bad thing. Even the average viewer had, possibly, better twists in mind than those in "Focus". More plausible and more fun to watch. Here the tricks are too over-the-top in their execution to swallow, and overall unimpressive, leaving a bad aftertaste...

The movie looks colorful, but the acting is pale. Will Smith seems bored possibly because of an early realization that this movie won't work.

Overall: Not a satisfying movie, including the lukewarm ending. The twists you expecting from a con-artist's movie are there, but they are unclever and forced. Maybe its time to dust that DVD of "The Sting" from the selves...

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