'Focus' movie review: Will Smith, Margot Robbie can't kindle convincing romance in preposterous caper

February 27, 2015 10:03 AM

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We're familiar with the unreliable narrator, a storyteller whose point of view isn't particularly reliable. But what about the unreliable screenwriter, who doles out preposterous plot twists like Halloween candy? This person renders the "rules" of an entire fictional world unreliable, as is the case with "Focus."

The movie is set on a recognizable version of Earth reality, where people walk with both feet on the ground, and don't levitate over it. But one of the elements of film that makes it so popular and potent a storytelling medium is its ability to render a near-impossible thing plausible. "Focus" engag...

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