With the upcoming release of Focus on Blu-ray and DVD on July 6, we’re taking a look at some of the most infamous Femme Fatales on screen. Like Jess, (Margot Robbie) these wily women are known for using their charm and looks to distract, showing exactly why it’s important to never lose focus.
Lynn Bracken – L.A. Confdential (Played by: Kim Basinger.)
Marking the highpoint in Kim Basinger’s acting career, the role of ultimate femme fatatle Lynn Bracken gained her an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress. Set in 1950s LA, Bracken is a high priced call-girl and Veronica Lake look-a-like who seduces men into on-camera sexual encounters.
Kathryn Merteuil – Cruel Intentions (Played by: Sarah Michelle Gellar.)
Kathryn Merteuil is the calculating femme fatale, who uses her sex appeal to manipulate those around her. She makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won’t be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn.
Catherine Tramell – Basic Instinct (Played by: Sharon Stone.)
While being investigated in relation to a brutal murder, the dangerously seductive Catherine Tramell shamelessly uses her sexual wiles to enchant the detectives involved in the case. This classic femme fatale behaviour is exhibited in the notorious interrogation scene.
Alex Forrest – Fatal Attraction (Played by: Glenn Close.)
After a one night stand with a married man, Alex develops an obsession with him taking to drastic measures to gain his attention. Driven to extremes by her need to be loved, the character of Alex is the original bunny-boiler, cleverly stalking and manipulating her lover and his family.
Jess – Focus (Played by: Margot Robbie)
Novice con artist Jess becomes the accomplise of Nicky (Will Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection, though while he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade she gets too close for comfort resulting in Nicky abrublty breaking it off. Years later Jess, now an accomplished femme fatale, shows up in Buenos Aires whilst Nicky is in the midst of a high stake scheme and throws him off of his game.
Mal Cobb – Inception (Played by: Marion Cotillard.)
Mal Cobb is perhaps one of the most complex femme fatales on the list, she is the dead wife of a thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology (Leonardo DiCaprio). While he is tasked with a dangerous mission of planting an idea in the mind of an important CEO, she becomes an unavoidable distraction threatening to ruin the mission.
Focus arrives on Blu-rayTM & DVD July 6