Focus (II) (2015)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.


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26 February 2015 | ryan-fotheringham
| Drowned out by mixed reviews from people expecting gold and can't appreciate really good silver.
If you stopped for an hour and dissected this film you WILL find problems, like how the audience is meant to root for borderline sociopathic criminals or how the structure isn't what they're used to... HOWEVER, if you go in just expecting to be entertained and if you have a particular fondness for hustle movies, this is one enjoyable movie. The charming but not over-the-top humour consistently keeps the story entertaining and by not following the usual structure of a movie this kind, and ultimately the one the trailer promised, it offers something new to the mix. I can see the multiple twists as a turn off for some expecting a deeper film but if you know what you're in for I think the multiple twists in the film's final act will one-after-another bring a smile to your face and even have you laughing. Will Smith harnesses his charm to success in this flick and Margot has effectively proved herself as not being a one-hit-wonder. This is not a bad film, though I do believe your enjoyment hinges on your expectations when going into it. Don't expect the next Ocean's 11, expect a charming, funny, well acted, smartly written, hustle movie that will undoubtedly be drowned out by mixed reviews from people expecting gold and can't appreciate really good silver.

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During his explanation of the scam that took place during the Super Bowl game, Nicky comments that because the song "Sympathy for the Devil" has 124 "woo woos" and the Mandarin word for five is "wu" that the number 5 was being subconsciously planted in their mark Liyuan's head to help him pick the number 55, however the song doesn't start playing until after Liyuan picks a player, it only starts playing later when Jess looks through the binoculars and tries to pick the same that would have done nothing to influence Liyuan's picking 55.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


Release Date:

27 February 2015


English, Spanish

Country of Origin

USA, Argentina

Filming Locations

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Box Office


$50,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,685,137 1 March 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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