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Focus (2015)Energetic, funny, relentlessly cool and yet too cute for its own good,… More Energetic, funny, relentlessly cool and yet too cute for its own good, Focus is a con movie that takes you for a ride and never slows down enough to take in all the scenery. When experienced con man, Nicky, takes a novice bombshell beauty on his wings, we are left only with twists, turns, and confusion. What Focus does well is in the world it creates. It's characters are vibrant, its settings feel real, and the cons are done so slickly, so as to almost take away from the occasionally laughable plausibility. Simply put, it's a damn cool movie. The direction is sharp, quick and engaging. The performances are pitch perfect, with the dynamic between Smith and co-star Margot Robbie, being the highlight of the film. We never cease to be entertained and the cons themselves, though often unrealistic, have thought in them. My problem with Focus is that fell in love with its own cleverness. The cons got increasingly far fetched, and the twists stopped to serve the narrative, and instead felt lazy and gimmicky. At times it reminded me of many of the same pitfall of Now You See Me, though with far better execution. Luckily the film's strengths ultimately outweigh the script's deficiencies. Fun all around. 3.5/5 Stars
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