Banner: Zee Studios and R4 Entertainments
Form: Vikram, Srinidhi Shetty, Irfan Khan, Roshan Mathew, Mirnalini Ravi and others
Music: AR Rahman
CAP: Bhuvan Srinivasan, Harish Kannan
Editor: John Abraham
Written and directed by: Ajay Gnanamuthu
Publication date: August 31, 2022
Vikram hasn’t delivered a solid hit after Shankar’s “I”. Yet his films are looked forward to for his performances. “Cobra” is his latest movie to hit theaters.
Let’s find out its pros and cons.
A prince in Scotland is murdered in church on his wedding day. Another murder of a high-profile minister takes place in Orissa. No trace of the killer’s identity. Who carries out these murders?
While an Interpol agent (Irfan Pathan) is on his mission to solve the case, he receives a file from Judith, a young math student from India, who proposes her theory, called Cobra, about these murders.
The agent is coming to India. They soon discover that Madhi (Vikram) is behind these murders. He is a math genius. The rest of the drama is to learn his reasons for these murders.
Performances by artists:
Vikram is a nationally awarded actor. He gave many memorable performances in his long career. But lately, he’s getting monotonous with his tendency to do various get-ups. “Cobra” is no different. There is nothing extraordinary about him. Those who like him acting “Aparichitudu” get a piece of one in one scene. That is it.
The role of the “KGF” girl Srinidhi Shetty is poorly written. Her conversation with Vikram makes no sense.
Like Vikram, Sarjano Khalid also plays two roles, the younger versions of Vikram. Mirnalini Ravi in a flashback episode is okay.
Roshan Mathew plays a negative role but leaves no impact. Cricket player Irfan Pathan is impressive.
The film has been edited on a generous scale. The production design is rich. The cinematography and action choreography are top notch. AR Rahman’s music is average.
3 hours length
“Cobra” begins with a series of murders that reveal how cleverly the killer executed them. The early scenes spark interest and intrigue as they are set in different countries. A math genius performing them adds something new. Vikram playing this role draws us into the film. The film has flashes of brilliance at the beginning as it uses mathematical theories to explain the crimes and murders. Some ambitious ideas are also presented.
But the director doesn’t seem happy with these ideas. He has added complexity to the simple story of the murder. Hallucinations, flashback stories, maternal sentiment, brother sentiment, and whatnot all add up as the story progresses. Barring “Dhoom 3” style interval pop, it goes downhill after that.
The director seems to have forgotten what he wanted to say after a point. The three-hour film drags on in many directions but never achieves its originally intended goal. The last hour is really silly and illogical.
At first, we have to believe that Vikram is doing all these murders for a businessman. We don’t get an answer as to why the so-called villain (the owner of this corporate company) does what he does. His real enmity or affiliation with Vikram has never been established. Many links have disappeared in this choppy edit.
Srinidhi Shetty and Vikram’s thread is another messy corner.
In a nutshell, “Cobra” is too long and too loud. Just before the intermission, the film arouses interest, but after that it gets tiresome and boring.