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Focus

Comedy Crime Drama


 

In the midst of a con's latest scheme, a woman from his past shows up throwing his plans for a loop.

"Focus" is a glossy, fairly well-executed con story. Tension builds in a series of twists the audience won't see coming, typically key to a successful thriller. Unfortunately the sheer volume of turns in this film mean they tend to lose their impact with each new revelation. Moments of crude humour are used effectively, and there's a host of likeable characters that help distract us from an uneven plot. Never boring but not all that engaging, it's more cubic-zirconia than diamond: shiny and a little contrived... but otherwise enjoyable.

Andrew O'Dea

Wide Release 5th March 2015
Roadshow Films 105 mins