ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

So, making his first appearance after the supposed box office bomb After Earth, Will Smith stars as a con artist named Nicky, who takes on an young apprentice Jess (Margot Robbie). After showing her many ticks of his trade at a huge football gathering, Nicky starts to realize that he has developed some feelings for Jess, which are clearly reciprocated, so he pushes her away and has no contact with her. Three years later, Nicky runs into Jess, while he is working a con, and she seems to have her life together, which causes Nicky to question that con he is doing, and the life he is leading. This film was very entertaining, but I felt there were several points that were off with the film, the first being that Will Smith seems like he is trying to prove something with this film. The reason why I bring this up is because in nearly everything I read about this film, someone has always brought up After Earth, which I think is really weird because this film has almost nothing to do with After Earth, except for Will Smith. Will Smith is a talented actor, with a lot of success behind and ahead of him. I will also say that I don't think the film was a bomb, it made all of it's money back plus a profit Internationally, this man has nothing to prove. One other thing that kinda stood out to me is the age difference between Smith and Robbie. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with an age gap between actors, but to it seemed like Robbie was trying to be a few years older than she actually is, as well as Smith trying to be a few years younger than he actually is. It's never brought up in the film but it seems to be present in the film with the mentor and apprentice dynamic they had at first. This dynamic also created a problem later in the film, when the screenwriters were trying to create a romance between Smith and Robbie's characters. The romantic chemistry at times seemed forced, and at other times flawless; there was no consistent flow, which is a problem when you are trying to create a romance between the two main characters. Overall, I really liked the film, and for the most part, I thought it was really well done, but I also felt the release of the film was overshadowed by Smith's previous film, and it really shouldn't have been. Great film, check it out if and when you get the chance.


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