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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.

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Taglines:

Never lose focus 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:

Fokus 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,862,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,062,963
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The closeup of Nicky's watch, after he receives the "You're burnt" text in the hotel, shows it to be a Piaget Polo FortyFive Chronograph. At the time of filming, this model had a list price of roughly 19,000 U.S. dollars. See more »

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Quotes

Nicky: You get that focus, you can take whatever you want.
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Soundtracks

Please!
Written by Alex Ebert (as Alexander Ebert), Jade Castrinos (as Jade Allyson Castrinos) and Nicolo Joseph Aglietti
Performed by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
Courtesy of Community Music / Vagrant Records
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"Never lose Focus"

You know a movie is bad when it doesn't even follow it's tagline.

Unfortunately, this is the case in Focus, a disjointed, needlessly convoluted misfire from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Request and a talented cast that includes Margot Robbie and Will Smith.

Focus starts relatively well, displaying many cool scenes of pickpocketing as Smith tries to lure Robbie into the business. However, soon all of this turns out to be a distraction of the real plot, that is the big time con, which is an absolute letdown.

There is plenty of filler in the middle, particularly a clever but ultimately pointless 20 minute scene at an American football match. While it is impressive to watch, it doesn't contribute anything to the plot.

Soon, they move on to the next big con which is completely unrelated to the last (that shows how useless the start was) full of ever more filler, more deception, more forced humour and more lame twists.

The third act is a disaster with the plot double or should I say, triple crossing itself like a spider's web on a spider's web on a spider's web. Nothing is clear and the explanations are given vaguely and lamely. There is more humour that doesn't work again in the end.

Will Smith is lazy as the main lead and Margot Robbie is functional as his love interest / sidekick. The side characters are all equally functional and forgettable.

Overall, Focus is a terrible con movie which cons the audience with it's good trailer and impressive cast, which can't save this convoluted mess from it's filler filled plot.


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