Thursday, February 26, 2015
The caper drama Focus has a lot going for it, but gets its pockets picked in a few key areas.
Review by Matt CummingsIt doesn't happen too often that an actor can get completely knocked down by one role, but for Will Smith that was After Earth. It was not only one of the worst films of 2013, but an embarrassing trainwreck that saw Smith lose nearly all of his credibility and charm. It's taken awhile to get that back, an Focus helps a lot, even though it suffers in a couple of key areas. When a one-night stand between Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) and Jess (Margo Robbie) leads to trouble with Jess' husband, it looks like Nicky will have to pay big time to make the problem go away. What Jess doesn't know is that Nicky is a smooth operator and con himself, swindling money left and right including her rings, wallet, and sunglasses from her before she even realizes it. The two decide to join forces during a football championship game in New Orleans, pick-pocketing their way to a huge haul, with the help of Nicky's army of cons. But the relationship isn't meant to last, and soon Jess finds herself dumped and without options while Nicky ruminates of his decision to leave her. Fast forward three years, and the two meet again, this time while Nicky is pursuing the ultimate prize, a con so big he might be able to retire. But trouble isn't far behind either, and soon Nicky and Jess find themselves in a tightening noose as his con is exposed. Or do they? Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.