0400 | Focus

FOCUSSigh. Let’s just get this out of the way so we can all move on: Con artist movie Focus is a steaming pile of dung. It’s a stomach-churningly glossy, empty, poorly-plotted, terribly-scripted, overly-shiny, vacuous, blank, emotionless, impassive, wooden, lifeless, careless, abonimable, abhorrent, insipid, loathsome, repugnant, odious, hateful, nauseous, insufferable, irksome rotten mess of a movie. It’s the kind of picture that has come into being because the bunch of cynical fucks behind most Big Movies have gone too far and have assumed that we that’s me, you, the guy who was here five minutes ago and the girl who will drop by tomorrow – are nothing more than cooing, mindless idiots who will be left impressed and satisfied and mentally stimulated by nothing more than a combination of Margot Robbie’s body, Will Smith’s body, some sparkling jewellery, a couple of expensive cars and swanky hotel room after swanky hotel room after swanky hotel room after swanky hotel room after swanky hotel room after…AAAAAARRRRGGGHHH! MAKE IT STOP! MAKE! IT! STOP! They think that by merely throwing all these pretty things together into one 90-minute package and including nothing else of note we will be convinced that we’re being entertained and we will not notice that the plot is as thin as a cheese sandwich or that the whole thing is very close to being completely devoid of charm; the one saving grace being Adrian Martinez, who is ever-so-slightly amusing during his brief time on screen. As for the rest of it: porridge has more charm. A carpet has more charm. A toothpick…a fucking toothpick…has more charm than Focus. I find it incredible that people are expected to pay good money for this or that *splutter* $50 million was spent in order to make it. Here’s Will Smith’s chest. Here are Margot Robbie’s legs. Give us your money. Here are some shiny things. Look how they sparkle. Here’s a sports car. Look at the sports car. Looky wooky at the sportsy wortsy car. These people have nothing but contempt for cinemagoers. The story is woeful, the whole ethos of the film makes me sick, the cons are particularly unconvincing and I fear for Smith in particular, who seems to have no trouble whatsoever playing an insufferably smug prick. It’s incredible that the duo behind I Love You, Phillip Morris, Crazy, Stupid Love and the screenplay for Bad Santa have turned this in. Seriously: watch The Thomas Crown Affair (either version), The Grifters or The Sting instead of this repugnant toss.

Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
Written by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, B.D. Wong, Adrian Martinez.
Cinematography: Xavier Pérez Grobet.
Editing: Jan Kovac.
Nick Urata.
Running Time:
102 minutes.

Comments 16

  1. Nostra November 10, 2015

    Agree that this was a bad movie. I didn’t feel sympathy for any of the characters as these thieves were portrayed as cool people and it didn’t convince me of it at all. With all the pickpocketing etcera I already hated them.

    • Stu November 10, 2015

      I hated the characters, and I’m trying to work out why their actions bother me so much as I’ve seen so many films where criminals do worse than just steal watches and the like! I really disliked this film. There’s little connection between the first half and the second half and it’s all so empty. Awful!

      • Nostra November 10, 2015

        Yeah, I wondered the same thing. I think it’s probably because if you look at characters in for example Ocean’s Eleven, they steal from one big company. Here they were stealing from people like you and me. Maybe it was because of that. Plus I agree that the two halves didn’t really connect well. Plus they seem to have borrowed the idea for placing all types of marks for the gambler from a Derren Brown episode.

        • Stu November 10, 2015

          Haha there are shades of Derren Brown here! Can you imagine a group of people stealing so much from a restaurant full of customers (with wallets and watches and so on flying through the air or being passed from one thief to another) and no-one noticing?

  2. Todd Benefiel November 15, 2015

    One big, long incendiary paragraph, which I believe sets some sort of record here at Popcorn Nights! Needless to say, I haven’t seen this movie, I never had a desire to see this movie, and I will trust you and be content with never bothering to see this movie in what remains of my lifetime. Again Stu, I thank you. (And I’m guessing that perhaps The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai isn’t looking so bad after all, is it?)

    • Stu November 19, 2015

      Haha…this one I do hate. Just an empty, glossy, badly-written load of tosh. I think it’s going for that same sexy feeling as Out Of Sight, funnily enough, with its ultra-suave, good looking leads, but that backfires and I can’t think of much that I like about it. Margot Robbie’s arse, I guess!

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