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'Focus' Premiere And Film Review

Moera Ainai |
February 25, 2015 | 12:16 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

In theaters Friday, February 27th (Moera Ainai/Neon Tommy).
In theaters Friday, February 27th (Moera Ainai/Neon Tommy).
Drama. Comedy. Romance. Wit. Crime. Thrill. "Focus" has it all.

Will Smith has made the best comeback from the not-so-hotly reviewed "After Earth," the 2013 film starring himself and his son, Jayden Smith. There's a reason why audiences world-wide can't get enough of the Fresh Prince.

Despite playing the starring role in the film, Will was one of the first celebrities to arrive on the black carpet, as well as being the last to leave. He even took the time to say hello to all of the fans (with the help of multiple security guards) who were anxiously waiting across the street all along Hollywood and Highland. They were starstruck, to say the least.

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Not only is Will a fan favorite, but his colleagues only had praise for him as well. His personal trainer explained that "Will doesn't eat until the crew eats," as well as the fact that "comedy is where [Will] lives...he finds humor in everything." As one of the most down-to-earth guys currently working in the industry, Will Smith can make anyone and everyone connected on a personal level. 

"Focus" revolves around a con man named Nicky, played by Will Smith, and there isn't much else that needs to be revealed about the storyline. Simply put, although the trailer seems to be jam-packed, just watching it will give nothing away. This is the type of movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entirety. Everyone in the theatre was riled up, trying to prevent themselves from getting up and screaming. 

Margot Robbie, who plays Jess, is an absolute scene-stealer. Her character develops from Nicky's eager and naive intern, to the femme fatale who makes the con man himself feel not only love, but jealousy and vulnerability. One thing's for sure: you will be vicariously living through Margot's adrenaline rush and wanting to feel that alive.

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Director of "FOCUS," John Requa (Moera Ainai/Neon Tommy).
Director of "FOCUS," John Requa (Moera Ainai/Neon Tommy).
One. Two. Three. Four. Five...plot twist after plot twist, the OMG moments were countless. This all makes sense given the masterminds behind the film, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, are famous for directing clever films such as "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

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Regardless of what movie genres you prefer, "Focus" is one that you won't want to miss. Will Smith will cast his spell of charming lies, and you'll want to jump right into his world of opulence and adventure.

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