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In 'Focus,' A Con Movie Without Enough Of A Con

February 26, 2015 10:01 PM
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There is a golden rule of movie plans that goes double for con and heist films: When the characters spell out their playbook ahead of time for the audience ("I'll pose as a dotcom billionaire while you rewire the security cameras"), something will inevitably go wrong. But when the audience is kept in the dark, the plan will go off without a hitch.

The new con movie Focus—not to be confused with Focus Features, although someone really should have noticed how similar the logos looked—works this rule overtime, layering blueprints on top of blueprints, spelling out one operation only to pivot into a different one at the last second. Writer-direct...

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