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.