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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 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

Margot Robbie Through the Years

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne, and Olivia Munn were considered to replace Kristen Stewart, before the role went to Margot Robbie. See more »

Goofs

When Farhad arrives to Buenos Aires and talks to Jess about being a lesbian, she holds a white cup on her right hand. Immediately after Farhad says that "every time she speaks he smells vagina", Jess isn't holding the cup anymore, but it reappears in the next cut. 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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Referenced in Diminishing Returns: Independence Day (2016) See more »

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Corazon De Piedra
Written and Performed by Alejandro Juan Medina
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The best con this film pulls is making a romantic comedy appears like a crime thriller.
27 February 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Will Smith is back in Hitch: How to Get the Girl, Also Some Cash. There's overwhelming opulence, exotic setting and beautiful ladies at display here for the grand dramatization of thievery. It showcases a glamorous lifestyle, riches and ladies, portrayed by the charismatic leads. However, the movie recycles this material too often and having too much investment in lovey-dovey banters does wear the tension thin.

Story follows Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran thief who meets with Jess (Margot Robbie), an aspiring thief. Together they embark on a swindling journey, manipulating people and each other into giving what they want. Led by the charismatic Will Smith, Focus boasts an interesting anti-hero. He's very versatile, able to perform in comedic as well as more serious tone. Robbie has a wide range of acting too, she seems natural although sometimes leaning heavily on femme fatale cliché.

This is at heart a romance movie, with the backdrop of felony, not the other way around. The liaison aspect is scrutinized deeper than the actual thefts. This should be fine as both Smith and Robbie are capable leads, but it tends to lose momentum after the many times it uses "He loves me, he loves me not" gimmick. It's more of a light relationship than an intense trickery exchange, while pretty entertaining it's barely enough to keep the suspense.

The film possesses a stylish colorful cinematography. Design for costume and the vista are very suave, something out of a page of rich people magazine. It offers fantasy celebrity nuance, a brighter side of crime, so to speak. Its choice of soundtracks reflects it as well, playing classy tunes to serenade heist and courtship. While the plans might not be masterful, there are some good plot twists to unveil here.

With fascinating set and actors Focus is a decent drama film, but to reach thrilling suspense it needs to focus more on plundering instead of plowing.


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Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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1.85 : 1
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