Will Smith has not had a good time at the movies in the last few years. First he turned down the lead in Tarantino’s Django Unchained because he thought the role wasn’t big enough (a point that Jamie Foxx and nearly half a billion dollars at the box offce would like to contend), then came the rather silly Men In Black 3, followed by everybody’s favourite movie to hate, After Earth, which saw Smith Sr fail in his attempt to turn his son into a star due to said son’s apparent permanent constipation.
Margot Robbie, on the other hand, has had a hell of a last few years. A graduate of Australian soapie institution Neighbours, she went from being a relative public unknown in the underwatched drama series Pan Am, to being the Hollywood “it” girl after her showstopping (and possibly heart stopping, based on that one scene) in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Now the pair are teaming up for a new con-man comedy/romance/thriller/drama/[I have no idea what genre this movie is] flick titled Focus. Whether some of that Robbie magic can rub off on Smith and allow him to get his groove back is still up for debate, but based on this first trailer for the film they’re on the right track. The duo both seem to be turning up their considerable natural charms (and trim down on their clothes apparently) for their roles, which should go a long way to elevate what appears to be a very rudimentary script.
Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame–now an accomplished femme fatale–shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.
Focus was written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ( I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love). It also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and DB Wong, and is scheduled for released on 27 February 2015.
Last Updated: October 13, 2014