Fox - Movie Review

Published: Sep 05, 2009, 08:38 IST | Bryan Durham

Arjun (Rampal), a successful criminal lawyer develops a conscience. He realises how silly he has been after a few years and gives up the practice altogether.

What's it about: Arjun (Rampal), a successful criminal lawyer develops a conscience. He realises how silly he has been after a few years and gives up the practice altogether.

He moves to Goa. Once there, he becomes pally with an old geezer who gives him a manuscript he wants published.
 
The man dies without it seeing the light of day. Arjun's still a bit unscrupulous, so he gets the book published under his name. Who'd have known it! The book turns out to be a bestseller.

Years of bullsh***ing his way through court cases, helps Arjun pass off the book as his own without anyone smelling the stink of a steal. Until police inspector Yashwant Deshmukh showing up with one question: did he write the book or not? 'It's my name on the cover, ain't it?' he shoots back, a bit nervous, but nonetheless, unyielding.
 
The PI tells him that the murder mysteries in the book aren't out of someone's imagination but that they're all murders that actually happened. And accuses Arjun for all those murders. So, our hero spills the beans. And claims that he has been set up. 'I have too many enemies' he says.

What's hot and what's not: It's slick but not slick enough. The whole point of a suspense thriller is getting to the point quickly and without much fuss.
 
Fox takes a little more than two hours to get there. Sunny Deol is in familiar territory. As a cop. In the courtroom.
 
And he does what he does best (though too little of it this time around; a gentleman's action hero?): dishoom-dishoom.

For a thriller, Fox really tests your patience, consistently begging the question, 'Are we there yet?' And when you finally do, you walk away, feeling cheated.

While some scenes impress, others make you wonder if the director lost the plot or simply gave up and put in songs where not needed at all.

Acting-wise, Arjun Rampal holds his own. Sagarika is there to just pout and look pretty. Udita is barely there.

What to do: One wishes Tijori had tried to develop the story better before foxing us with this one. Avoidable.

Fox
a; thriller
Dir: Deepak Tijori
Cast: Arjun Rampal, Sunny Deol, Sagarika Ghatge, Udita Goswami
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