Stars: Will Smith / Margot Robbie / Rodrigo Santoro /
Release Date: 2015-02-25
Production Companies: DiNovi Pictures, Kramer & Sigman Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment,
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Anna Rane,
A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.
If it's so easy to guess what women want, why is this movie so utterly devoid of any of it?
That sound you hear is the high-fives in the writers' room, and that, unfortunately, is where the filmmakers' focus remains.
[For Smith,] Focus isn't a full return to brilliance but a welcome stop, hopefully, on the way there.
It's a shiny, diverting ride. (And right about now, that's OK.)
Perhaps the film's greatest trick is the one that happens offscreen: Hours after the end credits roll, it will completely disappear from your mind.