Release Date : Mar 13,2015
Focus (aka) Focus review

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Denise Di Novi
Cast: Margot Robbie, Will Smith
Direction: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Screenplay: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Story: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Music: Nick Urata
Background score: Nick Urata
Cinematography: Xavier Pérez Grobet
Editing: Jan Kovac
Focus focuses on all what you need to focus on when you are on a focus oriented theft rally. A con movie is all about keeping you guessing on what's going to happen next and the directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have made sure that they trick you each time you think you have cleverly predicted the game.

The plot is centered on Nicky, played by Will Smith, who is a clever con, who would go to the extent of playing with your subconscious mind to trick you into something.

Will Smith is inside Nicky’s skin right from the word roll and he carries his character with such ease and grace that he could probably be an inspiration for a real life con.

Margot Robbie as Jess Barret simply dives into you and steals your focus towards her when she appears and reappears on screen. There is something to do with her eyes that create a tingle in your head which actually works in the favour of the scheme of things in the movie.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie share a terrific onscreen chemistry – the emotions during their physical intimacy and their ‘out of the blue’ separation being sonorously transmitted to the audience.

The movie is sleek thanks to some skillful editing by Jan Kovac – the fast fingered cuts in the robbery rally scenes are a delight to watch. The usage of top angle shots establishing the sky scrapers and the movement of vehicles in the city actually takes you on a helicopter ride around Buenos Aries and New Orleans.

The movie has a backstitched screenplay pattern that moves back and forth revealing little trick strategies only after the swindle is executed. This kind of narration actually plays a guessing game with our nimble minds, which might win you hands down most of the time. However, one might just get the feeling that the story has nothing else on offer, but a series of con sequences connecting the separation and reunion of Nicky and Jess.

Produced by Denise Di Novi, Focus is a good watch with sequences trickling through faster than you can imagine.
Verdict: A decent con movie that keeps you guessing till the end
( 2.75 / 5.0 )


Focus (aka) Focus

Focus (aka) Focus is a English movie with production by Denise Di Novi, direction by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, cinematography by Xavier Pérez Grobet, editing by Jan Kovac. The cast of Focus (aka) Focus includes Margot Robbie, Will Smith.