Focus works hard and does manage to generate entertainment. But, the strain shows, and the creative team (also responsible for writing Bad Santa and I Love You Philip Morris) can't seem to blend wit with plot complexity.
If we did learn that U.S. governmental agencies were using science and sorcery to make super-soldiers for wet-work, would any of us really be surprised? Does anyone think that something along the lines of Treadstone or Blackbriar doesn't currently go on?
What happens as the film goes on in is best left for viewing by Bourne aficionados. The script is thin, but the acting, cinematography and direction make up for this loss. This is worth seeing even by the naysayers.
Believe it or not, in a pop culture filled with mindless reality shows and slick formula franchises, there are still a few players out there whose work offers a glimmer of hope that originality and intelligence can prevail. Tilda Swinton is one such player.