Friday, March 6, 2015
Focus Review: Con Burns due to Poor Direction
Will Smith stars as Nicky Spurgeon: an expert con-man. When the novice grifter Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) wants to become a professional con artist, Nicky decides to show her the ropes. Their time together leads to a romantic relationship between the two, but it is cut short when Nicky leaves Jess for unknown reasons. Three years past and Nicky is still living the life of a con man. While on a job, Nicky's integrity is shaken when he discovers that Jess is in a relationship with his employer. What transpires is Nicky trying to reconnect with Jess, but this begs the question of who is conning who?
On paper, you would think that Focus would be effective due to its concept and its two leads. However this film does everything but be impressive as it lacks in storytelling, character building and proper pacing. If was not for Will Smith and Margot Robbie, this movie would have failed; but unfortunately even that factor does not give this film a pass. In the end, I am afraid that the only con Focus pulled off was that of taking my price of admission.