Seasoned Smith takes backseat to elegant emerging actress in new film ‘Focus’ · The Badger Herald

March 2, 2015 11:17 AM

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Although it wasn’t a prolonged hiatus from the screen, Will Smith’s role in John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s new film “Focus” was certainly not a triumphant return. Surely looking to emerge from a storm of negative criticism after the 2013 flop “After Earth,” Smith was shadowed by Margot Robbie’s debut lead performance. Thanks to Robbie’s standout performance, along with a colorful slate of supporting actors, the film was saved from Smith’s inability to reassert himself as one of the industry’s most versatile actors.

The film begins with seasoned con artist Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith, “Winter’s Tale”) at an upscale restaurant where he meets Jess (Margot Robbie, “Z for Zachariah”) who tries to con him. Although her plan fails, he decided to apprentice her, putting her through a series of jobs burglarizing naive t...

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