Movie Review: Focus3/04/2015
It's a heist movie about a guy named Nicky (Will Smith) -- a seasoned conman -- who introduces a girl named Jess (Margot Robbie) -- a rookie thief -- to the bigger game. During this time, the two become romantically involved. But the biggest thing to take from this movie is that it's full of twists and turns. Nicky and Jess find themselves caught up in a con that has them in over their heads -- or does it?
She's no Angelina Jolie or Uma Thurman (the only two women I can currently think of who have successfully acted in traditional male roles -- a la Kill Bill, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt, etc.) but it's a start. As a black woman, I like seeing female actors in strong roles and black actors in roles that aren't inherently related to race.
The plot is deeper than it might appear on the surface so be sure to pay attention. But with any heist movie, it does make you ask yourself, "but why jump through all those hoops for that one score?" In that regard, it's no Ocean's 11, but it's still quite a bit of fun.