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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

If Will Smith’s recent remorse over the failure of 2013 sci-fi disaster ‘After Earth’ fooled you into thinking we were about to witness the all-guns-blazing rebirth of the original Fresh Prince, think again.

His spiral into blandness continues with ‘Focus’, a predictably unpredictable tale of conmen (and women) complete with the industry-mandated quantity of fast cars, big scores, short skirts, sharp suits, sizzling locations, slippery billionaires and ‘Oh, it was that guy all along!’ plot twists.

Big Willie plays Nicky, a seasoned trickster whose intricate scheme to rig the Buenos Aires Grand Prix is thrown into disarray when old flame Jess (Margot Robbie) sashays into town. Will he walk away with the girl and the cash, or could preening Formula One playboy Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro) throw a Spaniard in the works?

The chassis may be slick and speedy, but under the hood ‘Focus’ lives up to its Ford-produced namesake: sturdy but not exactly stimulating.



Release details

Release date:
Friday February 27 2015
0 mins

Cast and crew

Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Margot Robbie
Will Smith
Rodrigo Santoro

Users say (5)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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Despite the promising start blending romance and action, Margot Robbie and Will Smith fail to deliver a brilliant performance in a film which is flat throughout. Smith, an expert thief falls for Robbie and teaches her how to steal luxury items in hotels. But the story does fail to progress, as it is just about their love/crime story living in a luxury bubble. Focus does not bring anything new to the genre, making it an easily forgettable film. The cinematography is nice, but we cannot say the same about the plot or the narrative.

Staff Writer

I also watched this on the plane to pass time. There isn't much to this film and the ending was pretty lame. And I struggle to buy into a 25 year old female being the serious love interest of 47 year old Will Smith.

I watched this on a plane to pass the time. It was just about suitable for that. There were one or two expected unexpected happenings that made things a little more entertaining but other than that, pretty bad.

Mildly diverting glossy nonsense. It`s impossible to care about the characters, who are both unlikeable and uninteresting, and the female lead is terrible. The ending was a joke, yes? Two and a half stars.


A pedestrian and awkward cut and paste of scenes and short scenes that fail to hang together as a cohesive film and storyline. Will Smith is the big name draw but unconvincing as a super conman and the film goes to Margot Robbie instead, BAFTA nominee for Rising Star this year.

This is a film better suited to tv or a dvd night rather than for cinema and fails to really takeoff and does not ask for interest, engagement or belief.