In a world, where scripts rule the actor, you pretty much can guess plot, pre-determine lines and kind of out-think what you are about to see, because you already know…. but when you enter a movie that Will Smith is in, the playing field is suddenly tilted off because he is bringing it and what you assume is NEVER the plot plan! Will Smith offers you strong movies, with great doses of his personality, so stay in Focus and consider this as a movie choice. If you have seen any of the trailers you might be well-deceived about FOCUS, as it is anything but your basic con movie training an up and coming schemer. My initial thoughts on the movie via trailers was also the same: the typical con artist meet girl, falls in love, girl takes all while making a mess of his life, which would of course lead to a simple plot. However, and notably so, Will Smith take part in creative, well-thought out movie that offers good one-liners, and further paints his personality. Will’s skills and persona appear, offering a bit of height to each scripted character and he does an amazing job in this movie of creating a deep character who is anything but simple. Get get focused on where your keys are, what time your theater is offering this movie, and grab the popcorn, soda and Swedish fish and head out to catch a new flick. Will you be able to FOCUS and lavishly live entertainment out loud?
What is the movie about? Focus
IF you are a Will Smith fan you are gonna suck this movie up, enjoy it, and crave for more, while wanting to know why it ends the way it does. Margot Robbie is a great match-up for Nicky, brimming with attitude and knowledge of the strength of her character which allows her to blow away the ‘poor girl’ thing and really own her part! Jess(Margot Robbie) is street smart and beautiful she has got her own game going, she needs Nicky to just fine tune her skills!
First you will meet Jess(Margot Robbie) in an opening scene with Nicky(Will Smith) as she avoids some guy that it hitting on her. The movie will advance and you get to meet Jess’s skills right within the first 10 minutes of the movies.
Once Jess begins working with Nicky, their next stop is New Orleans and the fun just begins. FOCUS does anything but FOCUS strictly on characters or scheme. You will get to know a little bit about Nicky, a bit about Jess, but you won’t dig deep into their lives just enough to know they are in the right line of work, but do follow all of their conversations so you can keep up with what is happening.
The movie will give you an idea of where it is headed, but you learn through watching, not by being told this is what is going to happen. This movie is not driven by big heists, bombings, shooting scenes or fight scenes, as this is not being focused(pun intended) on. Do expect to watch common criminals stealing from us, on the streets, making a pretty penny and seeing how it is done. The story-line is active, the actors captivating and they all sync quite well.
Interestingly enough, you will be transported into a world of thievery, petty theft, basic street crime and you actually root for these guys because it is interesting to watch it done. You will see watches stolen, purses, credit card theft, and see how possibly things go awry in life! Nicky has a team assembled and while there is no big heist(FOCUS here), you will watch his crew clean up over 1.2 million after expenses just based on petty street crime.
The highlights of how the con artists, drifters, workers all combined to pull off theft, who they targeted, etc. will leave you wondering if you can ever be safe on the street again and if this really happens(try to tell yourself it does not) Watching an expensive camera lens get stolen right off the front of a camera was just crazy.
What The Movie Does Well – Will Smith
Offers you a glimpse in to what Nicky and his team area known for, unique tricks of picking up trinkets and removing Focus from what you are supposed to be doing. They dig deep into pockets and get what they want. Enter a world you may have never seen before.
Focus does not make the GIRL a bimbo, hooker, or someone that has to sell herself short to make a living. Jess is smart, street smart and able to give as good as she gets. so thank you for creating a stronger female character and finding a person who is strong in her skill-set to portray!
The Buenos Aires Rekindle
The chemistry between Nicky and Jess(Margot Robbie) is real enough, you can feel something between them. You are always left questioning if they are messing with each other or really laying their feelings out there and then questioning if they are scheming one another. I almost felt bad for Jess when her and Nicky split ways, but I felt worse for Nicky when they meet back up in Buenos Aires- it’s gotta be that red dress Jess wears(lol)!
Buenos Aires called and Nicky travels there to work for a guy named Garriga(Rodrigo Santoro) who owns a set of racing teams. In Buenos Aires, you meet, Gerald McRaney who plays Owens who is the Chief of Security for Garriga. Owens is anything but pleased that Nicky is being hired by Garriga for a project and he does his best to dish out dislike on Nicky non-stop. Owens distrusts Nicky and every move he makes. Owens will have you looking over Nicky’s shoulders from the time he meets up with him until the final scene in the movie. The hotel scene with Owens and Nicky will have you breathless as Owen turns the room over. Owens offers a light pulse pounding feel of danger at all points in time.
Having seen just about every movie Will Smith is in, I felt like I knew him, but his persona is just a bit different and will throw you in this movie so make sure to FOCUS. Somehow, his character realizes that lying, stealing and deception are not a great mix and that creates the big break-off between he and Jess initially, so will that ever be able to be repaired? That is very questionable, because Nicky is always in a work-induced coma! The charisma of the actors, the ability to handle a script that does not offer those high octane, testosterone-filled scenes is a pleasant deviation from the basic everyday movie. This is a movie that you have to see in order to really understand Focus! Here’s to lavishly live the FOCUS of life out loud.
I attended this screening as a member of the media. Opinions are my own.