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SIMPLE REVIEW: Focus

Howdy people of the internet, after a bit of a gap away from the cinema I’m back to do my review for Focus. This review will be another one of my simple reviews where I try to sum up my thoughts on the film a concise manner. Now I have eagerly been anticipating this film for a while now mainly because it is Will Smith’s first film for a while and I hoped it would be good. So is it? Well read on and find out.

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So the story goes like this:

“Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don’t go together. They split, only to see each other three years later… And things get messy.”

I thought the story in this film was smart and well-executed. This film is part drama, part romance, part comedy and it does a balancing act between all of these genres. What I liked most about this film is the sense of style, the logic that comes with stealing and being a con people in general and its themes of trust and deception, mixing business with pleasure and never losing sight of your main goal. My only nitpicks are: 1) The film doesn’t really give you a specific indication of time that Nicky and Jess spent together so it is hard to buy the ‘love factor’ of their relationship. 2) One thing that the film does well is that it keeps you guessing and has a few twists and turns, it is great, but one does wonder if some of the bluffs were necessary.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. So let’s start with Will Smith as Nicky Spurgeon. Smith is a very charismatic man and he’s always been a leading actor in most of his films, but here he is a little more subtle, he’s still a wonderful actor with charm and emotion, but he doesn’t overpower his other colleagues. I liked Smith in this film, his character while engaging and fun, was problematic, dubious and the least heroic person he’s played. Margot Robbie as Jess Barrett was also very good. Robbie came across as an actress who has been on the big screen for a while as she handled her role with style, charm and dramatic flair. Together Smith and Robbie has really good chemistry and you could really buy their attraction and relationship. Rodrigo Santoro did a goof job as Garriga and Gerald McRaney was pretty stern and funny as Owens. I really enjoyed BD Wong as Liyuan, this guy’s part was one of the best parts of the films. And it was great to see again Brennan Brown as he did a good job as Horst while Adrian Martinez provides many moments of humour as Farhad.

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In conclusion Focus is a good film, it has solid story with some surprises, humour and great lead performances from Smith and Robbie. While the film is not perfect and has a few issues, they are nitpicky at best and as a Will Smith comeback film it is a good return to form. I would recommend this film as it smart, heartfelt and kind funny.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Focus and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2015 Part 1

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to the first part of my special series of blog posts dedicated to the films that you should be looking out for this year entitled: Films to look out for in 2015! Consider it a preview to this year’s selection of films in the cinema and I’m basically going to highlight why I believe they’re worth paying attention to. I have done this for the last two years and I’m excited to do all over again this year. 🙂

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2014 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there.😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Blackhat

Release Date: January 16th (USA), February 20th (UK)

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So first on this list we have Blackhat, a film I’ve been interested in since the time I saw the first trailer. What we have here is a thriller dealing with hacking and cyber crime on computers and while that’s not a very good description, the trailer gives you a good idea of what to expect. The reason why I think this film is worth watching is because; 1) The film’s directed by Michael Mann. 2) The cast look great featuring the like of Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. 3) The plot seems pretty intriguing, And 4) The film’s presentation looks lovely.

Wild Card

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Release Date: January 30th (USA)

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So another Jason Statham film, at this point we’ve all become accustomed to Mr. Statham and the kind of films he participates in, and even though not all of them are hits, they always provide some form of fun and good action. This films looks like fun with plenty of action, card games, drama, revenge and all that jazz, plus the cast looks good and it’ll be interesting to see them interact. There’s currently no release for this film in the UK but hopefully it won’t be too long after it comes out in America.

Jupiter Ascending

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Release Date: February 6th (USA & UK)

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Ah Jupiter Ascending, feels like I’ve been waiting for this for ages. This time last year I was waiting for it as part of the summer of 2014, but it never came. The trailers haven’t blown me away but it certainly looks interesting and since it is directed by The Wachowskis, I have to see if they can make a good film that isn’t The Matrix (although I did like parts of Cloud Atlas). The story looks interesting enough, the CGI looks amazing, I like the cast and I want to see two things: 1) How Eddie Redmayne fares in the films and 2) How Sean Bean dies, because let’s be honest, that’s what everyone likes to see these days. The sad truth is that this film was meant to be out last summer, then got delayed to this year and normally when films get pushed back to the early part of the next year it means that it’s bad. I can only hope that it is worth the wait.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Release Date: 13 February 2015 (USA), January 29th (UK)

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Trailer:

Initially I wasn’t interested in this film, even if it was directed by the great Matthew Vaughn, the premise never sounded that interesting to me on paper. But then I saw the trailer and then I was convinced otherwise. This film looks mental, with slick and well-crafted action, a cool-looking story, a good cast and SAMUEL L. JACKSON! I mean I’m annoyed it has taken this film so long to come out, I just wanna see it now and get this cool stuff in my system already.

Focus

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Release Date: February 27th (USA & UK)

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Now we have a film I’m very curious about and hoping will be good and that is Focus, which is Will Smith’s first film in just under 2 years! The reason I’m interested in this film is because I like film’s with con men, it means there’s a lot of deception and trust involved and obviously when women come into play for men, things can never be simple. The story seems like there is a good balance of drama and humour and Will Smith paired with Margot Robbie seems like a great match. For me Will Smith is my childhood hero, I love the guy, but it is fair to say that in recent years the guy has become fairly invisible and has shown up in decent films (Men In Black 3 & Anchorman 2) and one really bad one (After Earth), so to see him in a potentially good film makes me smile. I hope this is his return to form.

The Lazarus Effect

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Release Date: February 28th (USA)

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I’m not one for horror films, anyone who’s read this blog knows that. However, there was a lot of buzz about this film especially what I heard on AMC Movie Talk, so I watched the trailer and now I’m curious. I like the concept of resurrecting the dead and there being repercussions for the people involved. Sure it has been done in other films before and a lot of the things I saw in the trailer does look a bit generic when it comes to horror films, however I like the cast and I’m curious to see what this film’s about.

Chappie

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Release Date: March 6th (USA & UK)

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Ever since I saw the trailer for this film I interested. I like films about artificial intelligence especially when they learn and are trying to be human. Seems like Hugh Jackman is a man who wants machines to work one way and is threatened by machines that can think and Sigourney Weaver looks to be the bad person once again, supporting Jackman’s character. I hope that it will be good. I still love District 9, it remains to be one of my all-time favourite films, however, Elysium did not do much for me at all. So I am hoping that this film is a better experience than Blomkamp’s last outing.

Cinderella

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Release Date: March 13th (USA), March 27th (UK)

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This does look like another variation on the classic story about Cinderella, however what interests me is the way the story’s being redone. It hits all the same notes as the original story (Cinderella has evil step mothers, there’s a fairy godmother, mice get transformed into horses, etc). However there is a heavy focus on Cinderella’s mother and childhood, the evil stepmother has more to do and the world looks more grand and vast than ever before. I love the vivid presentation and the cast look great, I am a big fan of Cate Blanchett, I love Hayley Atwell and seeing Richard Madden again after Game of Thrones makes me grin. I hope Kenneth Branagh succeeds with this film.

In The Heart Of The Sea

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Release Date: March 15th (USA), March 13th (UK)

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I’ve already talked about how much I wanted to see this film in my first trailer review. However if you’re not already aware let me say it again, I am HYPED for this film. After Rush, I knew I had to see whatever Ron Howard was up to after that and this film looks amazing. The film looks super dramatic, action-packed, atmospheric and dangerous, there is a great scale and the cast are filled with a great set of people including Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.

The Gunman

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Release Date: March 20th (USA & UK)

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I honestly didn’t know anything about this film until I looked it up and just from the cast I was interested. Then I saw the trailer and then put this film on my list. I am a sucker for action thriller’s, it is my jam yo. The film looks like it has an interesting story to tell and again I’m really liking the cast. I like Sean Penn, but I’m a massive fan of Idris Elba, Javier Bardem and Ray Winstone and I just want to see how these characters in the film come together.

Alrighty then, that’s part 1 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 2! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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