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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Nicky
Margot Robbie ... Jess
Adrian Martinez ... Farhad
Gerald McRaney ... Owens
Rodrigo Santoro ... Garriga
BD Wong ... Liyuan
Brennan Brown ... Horst
Robert Taylor ... McEwen
Dotan Bonen Dotan Bonen ... Gordon
Griff Furst ... Gareth
Stephanie Honoré ... Janice
David Stanford ... Drunken Stranger
Dominic Fumusa ... Jared
Steve Kim ... Liyuan’s Bodyguard
Don Yesso ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never Drop The Con. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Focus See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,685,137, 1 March 2015

Gross USA:

$53,862,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$158,762,963
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was shot with the ARRI Alexa with Hawk V-Lite 1.3x squeeze anamorphic lenses on 4x3 2K ProRes capture mode for a final aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which had a sensor area that was 70% larger than 16x9 2K ProRes. See more »

Goofs

The stake in "double or quits", as used in the Super Bowl scene, should not be twice the previous stake, it's the same as the previous stake. Being $X down, another stake of $X will leave you either $2X down on loss (double), or $0 down on victory (quits). Were the new stake to be twice, you'd end up either $3X down, or $X up. Both characters are inveterate gamblers, so shouldn't muddle their terminology so. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: This is a game of focus
[Shows Jess the ring he just stole]
Jess: [Takes ring back] Very clever.
Nicky: Now attention is like a spotlight, and our job, is to dance in the darkness.
[shows her watch he just stole]
Jess: I didn't even feel you take that.
Nicky: The human brain is slow, and it can not multitask.
[shows ring he stole again]
Jess: Jesus.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Focus/The Lazarus Effect (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Comfortable
Written by Benjamin Ruttner, James Patterson and Sam Nelson Harris
Performed by The Knocks featuring X Ambassadors
By arrangement with The Orchard
X Ambassadors appear courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Drowned out by mixed reviews from people expecting gold and can't appreciate really good silver.
26 February 2015 | by ryan-fotheringhamSee all my reviews

If you stopped for an hour and dissected this film you WILL find problems, like how the audience is meant to root for borderline sociopathic criminals or how the structure isn't what they're used to... HOWEVER, if you go in just expecting to be entertained and if you have a particular fondness for hustle movies, this is one enjoyable movie. The charming but not over-the-top humour consistently keeps the story entertaining and by not following the usual structure of a movie this kind, and ultimately the one the trailer promised, it offers something new to the mix. I can see the multiple twists as a turn off for some expecting a deeper film but if you know what you're in for I think the multiple twists in the film's final act will one-after-another bring a smile to your face and even have you laughing. Will Smith harnesses his charm to success in this flick and Margot has effectively proved herself as not being a one-hit-wonder. This is not a bad film, though I do believe your enjoyment hinges on your expectations when going into it. Don't expect the next Ocean's 11, expect a charming, funny, well acted, smartly written, hustle movie that will undoubtedly be drowned out by mixed reviews from people expecting gold and can't appreciate really good silver.


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