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2015, Drama - Crime

Focus (2015)

Focus

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writers/Script Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez,  Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong

Elevator Pitch: Nicky Spurgeon, the leader of a group of con men, meets and becomes involved with a female swindler, and teaches her the elements of the trade but, mindful of his fathers edict that he should not fall in love, he gives her her share of the loot and dispatched her to the airport. Years later he is involved in a motor racing scam in Buenos Aires and there she is again, apparently hooked up with a team owner.  But as usual things are not anything like what they seem to be, and they end up in a life or death situation together.

Content: A lot of people are scammed or their valuables stolen. The protragonists float about in glitzy surroundings and there is implication that sex is about to take place, or may have just taken place, but as usual the IMDb Content Adivory has seen more than I did. Nicky drives about in a Peugeot RCZ, possibly the least charismatic supercar ever. There is one important gunshot.

A View: The critics were divided about this movie, those who thought it was OK attracted by the luxury environment. Slightly at odds with most hustle movies, we see many ordinary citizens being scammed and having their valuables stolen, before they get to the very rich people who we don’t care about. So maybe a watch while doing something else. Even if you really pay attention you are unlikely to quite understand it, and the final reveal. Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!

Additional Info: Over the time of its devekopment many well known stars have been connected to it, at one time Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, but when Affleck dropped out so did Stewart. It would have been a different film had they remained involved.

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