Will Smith and Margot Robbie team up as veteran and novice partners in crime for slick caper movie Focus, but with Smith misplacing his usual charm it’s the incandescently sexy Robbie who steals the movie.
The film has the pair striking romantic sparks after Smith’s expert confidence trickster takes Robbie’s tyro grifter under his wing. But when their paths cross in Buenos Aires three years later in the midst of an elaborate con game involving Rodrigo Santoro’s millionaire Formula 1 racing team owner, their former history threatens to scupper his scheme.
Along the way, writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the team behind 2012’s Crazy Stupid Love, unfurl so many twists and turns that they are in danger of tying everyone in knots. The sleight of hand on display is sometimes dazzling, but when it comes to the story’s eventual outcome most viewers will be a step ahead.
When a character refers early on to a manoeuvre called the ‘Toledo panic button’, anyone familiar with Chekhov’s loaded rifle just knows it’s going to be pushed before the movie’s end.
Certificate 15. Runtime 105 mins. Directors Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
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