Focus: Five Reasons You’ll Love It
Directed by the minds that gave us Crazy, Stupid, Love, Glenn Ficarra & John Requa bring us Focus, a con film starring Will Smith as the veteran swindler Nicky who takes on a young novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie), teaching her the tricks of the trade that he has been involved in for over 20 years.
But these directors like a bit of romance, so we could say things become complicated when Nicky loses ‘focus’ as things heat up between the pair. However, like all good con films, there is an almighty twist in this tale...
We caught an earlier screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it.
Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s chemistry is great
There were fears about their age difference making the romance seem unbelievable, however Smith and Robbie, both beautiful, bounce off each other creating a pretty convincing sizzle. Robbie shows us that she has more too her that just the Duchess from ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and plays Will at his own game.
The pickpocketing scenes will make you want to clutch onto your belongings
The main thieving sequence takes place in the streets of New Orleans during a big American Football game. Now, the point of pickpocketing is that no one notices anything being taken but the whole scene is choreographed superbly and it’s hardly surprising when they bring in Apollo Robbins - known as The Gentleman Thief - to show the actors a thing or two. You can tell that they all put the effort into learning the tricks because the steals are absolutely seamless. You will never walk through a crowd the same again....
It‘s got some great laughs
The film it doesn’t take itself too seriously and there is some great humour and sharp one-liners running throughout. Adrian Martinez - who plays Farhad, one of Nicky’s con crew - brings some of the biggest laughs as he delivers jokes with a completely deadpan manner. Plus, there is a hilarious joke about Australians, at local Aussie Robbie’s expense!
You really get an insight into the psychology of being a thief
In one particular scene at the football match you will see the extent conmen (and women!) will go to order to establish their mark's trust. It is slightly terrifying, although you can't help but admire the artistry and skill that goes into their thieving and conning.
Don’t even try to figure it out you will not be able to predict the twist
You aren’t quite on the edge of your seat, but it is refreshing to not be able to predict how the story will end and who is conning whom.
Focus is released into cinemas across the UK on Friday (February 27th).