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Times of India
Two dim-witted but earnest cops are sent on an undercover mission to a college to bust a local drug ring. Will they manage to bust the drug kingpin?
22 Jump Street is one of the better playful satires on the buddy cop sub-genre to be made in contemporary times. This film doesn't take itself seriously at all and that's a good thing because if it did, it would be abysmal. Instead, you're laughing with them and you're in on all the jokes.
And so, we have Greg Jenko (Tatum) and Morton Schmidt (Hill), two Simple Simons who try to bust drug deals and various dirty deeds done cheap on the street. However, Deputy Chief Hardy (Offerman) is almost convinced of their incompetence but nonetheless decides to assign them to a new drug case under the irascible Captain Dickson (Cube), whose scowl is as fierce as his language is colourful. The synthetic drug in question is curiously called 'WHYPHY', which is an acronym for 'Work Hard? Yes. Play Hard? Yes'.
Once 'embedded' in college, Jenko falls into frat-boy fun times with a little help from college stud Zook (Russell), who is every bit a lunkhead as Jenko the jockstrap cop. Together, Jenko and Zook bond over benchpresses, babes and beer. This new-found bromance creates a rift between Jenko and the spurned Schmidt, who instead finds solace in great conversations and multiple orgasms with poetry student Maya (Dickson). Also, will Schmidt and Jenko manage to put their beef behind them and be 'bros' again? Also look out for cameos like that of Queen Latifah who plays Dickson's wife.
What's interesting is that directors Lord and Miller never lose sight about what they're serving up their audience - a simple and enjoyable comedy based on an old TV show (*21 Jump Street* that ran from 1987 to 1991). Here, all the veiled jokes as well as the blatant gags (Hill and Michael Bacall co-write) might even warrant a second viewing. Go for a load of laughs and stay for the end credits.
Kristen Stewart had been finalized to play the female lead but had to drop out with Will Smith joining the project. Kristen cited major age difference as a reason for leaving the film. Her replacement, Margot Robbie, is only three months younger than Smith.
This is Will Smith's first R rated film since Bad Boys II released in 2003.
Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck had dropped out of the film before Will Smith was cast as the male lead.
This is the first film featuring Will Smith and Margot Robbie together. The second will be Suicide Squad.
Comedian Artie Lang was offered a role in the film via text message while hosting his late-night sports talk show. The following night, he turned down the role, trashing Will Smith and the film's screenplay at length in the process, because the character he was asked to play was ‘a five hundred pound Persian’ named ‘Fatass Farhad.’ Similar incident happened to comedian Omid Djalili who starred in Whoopi, Gladiator, The Mummy and The Infidel. He was also not prepared to put on the weight required for the character of 'Fatass Farhad'.
As the movie begins, we see Nicky on the terrace of his flat dialing the number of a restaurant from his land line. He is told that there is no table available. He then dials the same person's cellphone from his cellphone and immediately is given a table.
As he is eating his food, he is approached by an inexperienced grafter names Jess, who tries to seduce him after eating and drinking with him and taking him up to her room.
Nicky is able to call their bluff and gives them some advice, saying that they should always stay focused on marinating their aliases and not lose focus even when unexpected things happen during a plan. He then leaves but is destined to bump into Jess again. This time, she tells him that she is very impressed and wants in on his game. They walk out into the snow one night and Nicky tells her that the key to being successful in his line of work is focus and distraction. He then proceeds to demonstrate how he managed to pick her pocket, watch and even bag while she was talking to him face to face. He then tells her that their job is so secret, that his father, Bucky Spurgeon, actually shot how own grandfather when a con went awry.
To start things off, they head to New Orleans. He introduces her to his mates and during Mardi Gras, they go to work, picking pockets, jewellery and other precious items galore. Nicky learns that Jess has potential and after confirming this, she is introduced to Nicky's crew and inducted into the group.
As their work carries in, it is obvious that the two are falling for each other. They go to events together and take in the Super Bowl one day. There, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Nicky and Jess bet a dollar on a move on the field. A compulsive gambler, named Liyuan Tse (Wong) overhears them and soon, Nicky and Tse are betting larger and larger amounts of money. During the last bet, where millions are at stake, the bet is that Tse spots any player on field and Nicky asks Jess to pick which one Tse looked at through his binoculars. She guesses right (it is Farhad, who is Nicky's friend) and they win the bit cash pot. As they leave, they are ecstatic at their windfall but Nicky gives Jess her share of money and leaves, leaving her heartbroken and with her share of the loot. He does this because he does not want to get attached to her. Some years later, we see Nicky in Buenos Aires. There, he takes up a project with billionaire motorsport team owner Rafael Garriga (Santoro) who wants to beat F1 rival, an Australian businessman McEwen (Taylor) by leaking him erroneous fuel composition data that will slow down his cars by seconds - enough for him to win. Accordingly, Nicky will pretend to be a disgruntled and drunk technician on Garriga's team who has a bust-up with him at a gala event one evening. He will create such a ruckus that McEwen will notice this and approach Nicky to do a deal with him. Nicky will then sell the bogus data to McEwen, slowing their car down during the race. At the event however, Nicky runs into Jess, who is now Garriga's girlfriend. Nicky, who was drinking water, now orders vodka and proceeds to get sloshed. He is nonetheless contacted by McEwen's people at the end of the night.
Nicky still loves Jess, though, and courts her again, and they eventually get together again, vowing to get away from everything. Unknown to Garriga, Nicky sells the real data to an overjoyed McEwan. Meanwhile, the head of Garriga's security entourage, Owens (McRaney), is suspicious of 'millennials' in general and Nicky in particular. He follows Nicky and Jess. Perhaps out of revenge against Garriga, Nicky not only sells the data to McEwen for three million euros, but also sells it to a bunch of other teams for similar amounts, effectively destroying Garriga's chances of coming even last place. But while waiting for Jess at his hotel room later, he receives a text saying that he is exposed, and should leave immediately.
After Nicky and Jess try to return to the USA, they are caught by Garriga's men and taken to an abandoned warehouse. Nicky asks him to let Jess go, saying that Jess did not know that Nicky used her to hack into Garriga's data by planting a voice recorder on her when they were rekindling their romance. However, Jess reveals she never even went up to Garriga's room and was just trying to seduce Garriga in order to steal his valuable watch, worth 200,000 Euros. Nicky's bluff called, Owens then shoots Nicky in the chest, causing a horrified Garriga to leave as he never intended to murder anyone. Owens then reveals himself to be Nicky's father, Bucky. He tells Jess that he shot Nicky in a special way that only punctures the lung but severs no arteries.
Bucky then drops off Nicky and Jess to the hospital to treat Nicky's punctured lung and then leaves but takes all their money. As they limp to the hospital, Jess tells Nicky not to worry, as she has managed to flick Garriga's precious watch.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro. Will Smith has won rave reviews for his performance and fans have some positive things to say about his film on social media.
Here are some of the responses on Twitter:
The movie "Focus" teaches you so much about life. Im mind blown.