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Cobra Movie Review: Vikram is solid, but the plot is all over the place

Rating: ( 2.5 / 5).

Hardly 15 minutes into the three-hour, three-minute, and three-second Cobra , the film has taken us to 13-odd locations. We see a couple of high-profile assassinations take place. We move across Odisha, Scotland, France, London, Kolkata, and within seven minutes of his appearance on screen, Vikram, who plays Madhi, a mathematical genius moonlighting as an assassin-for-hire, is shown in at least six different get-ups. It is clear director Ajay Gnanamuthu, much like the protagonist of his film, Cobra , loves numbers and puzzles. But in his attempt to give us a grand film that is a marriage of a clever thriller and a poignant emotional drama, Ajay only musters a half-decent film that slithers to a tame end. 

Director: Ajay Gnanamuthu

Cast: Vikram, Srinidhi Shetty, Roshan Mathew, Anandraj

Cobra wants to be a lot of things but lacks the writing to pull it all off. After an initial buildup about Madhi’s mathematical prowess in executing outlandish assassinations halfway across the world from his nondescript house in Chennai, we barely see him exercise such brilliance again. Yes, he wriggles out of some tight corners, but what about the mathematical part of it? If that’s not really needed, how is he any different from our Ethan Hunts and Agent Vikrams who ace action without caring about Pythagoras or Euclid. It is a shame that Ajay doesn’t really flesh out this ‘math genius’ aspect of his protagonist. This could have been forgiven had the other aspects of Cobra really came together to give us a gripping film. The central plot of a mathematical genius/assassin meeting his match with a world-is-mine villain, an uber-smart Interpol officer, and one surprise villain does have the makings of a fun exercise… But the stars don’t quite align here. 

Let’s take the case of the caricaturish villain, Rajiv Rishi, who is played in the most outlandish way by Roshan Mathew. It is a role that seems like a cross between Siddharth Abhimanyu and Harley Quinn. He exudes manic energy that is hard to watch because the role is all fluff and no substance. Irfan Pathan plays an Interpol officer, Aslan, and is not bad at all, and it is nice to see someone try so hard with the Tamil dialogues. Points to Ajay Gnanamuthu for giving Aslan enough high moments to save him from becoming, say, someone like Aryan from Vivegam.

Similarly, Ajay neatly weaves in the women — Srinidhi Shetty, Meenakshi Govindarajan, and Mirnalini Ravi — into the story. However, though the scenes show potential, the dialogues are trite and the performances, contrived. These dips in the narrative take away from the highs of the assassination portions. The surprise package is definitely the roles played by Anandaraj, Mohammad Ali Baig, Miya George, and the actor who plays the childhood version of Vikram. These portions, powered by a terrific Vikram, are a hoot. It is such a relief from the other sequences that oscillate between vapid and exciting and nothing in between. 

Despite what happens to a host of characters or plot points in the film, there is no doubt that Cobra is only about one man… Vikram, and his fascination for characters that allow him to satiate his love for prosthetics. It is a Vikram show through and through, and it is understandable why the actor felt so strongly about this film. Ajay peppers this film with a host of bright, bold, and interesting ideas, even if they don’t always hit the bull’s eye with their execution. AR Rahman’s background score (barring that grating pathos BGM) and solid songs aid the narrative, which jumps across timelines at the same pace that it jumps across continents.

This non-linear approach and throwing bits and pieces of information hoping that the latter half will resolve all these issues is a tough sell. The plot gets convoluted, and the glimmers of brilliance get offset by the forced romance and exposition. With a premise like this, and a bunch of convenient plot twists that remind us of a few films, including a blockbuster Hindi film from the recent past, Cobra ticks almost all the boxes we have recently come to expect from a Vikram-starrer, including the disappointment of the actor being the brightest star in a rather middling film.

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Cobra movie review: A thriller that should have just remained fun

Cobra falls somewhere between watchable and could-have-been-better.

Cobra movie review: A thriller that should have just remained fun

The first hour of Cobra is excellent. Vikram wears various disguises to kill various people in various countries. He plays to the gallery in most of these scenes and revels in the skins of people that we’ll only be able to slightly recognize. It must have taken a lot of effort and time to stick those thick beards down his chin, though. And if he wears a paunch for some missions, he wears a laugh that sets him apart from the locals that look like him for others. In short, he does an Anniyan without becoming an Anniyan.

Madhi (Vikram) doesn’t use a mobile phone. He doesn’t believe in modern technology unless it’s a weapon that he can store in the folds of his sleeve. And when he’s not globetrotting, he teaches math to school kids. Does it look like a dream job?

Cobra has the touches of a well-nourished action thriller. There are guns everywhere, a rich baddie (played by Roshan Mathew) who struts around in bathrobes and suits, and a handler (played by K. S. Ravikumar) who doubles up as Madhi’s mentor. Although the hero seems to operate as a one-man army, he gets instructions from his handler without whom he’d be regarded as nothing more than a mathematical genius.

Madhi definitely has a lot to be happy about. He never buckles under pressure despite being cornered, but there’s something else that keeps pulling him down. As long as director Ajay Gnanamuthu takes Vikram around the world, things appear fun. Aslan ( Irfan Pathan ), an Interpol officer, who’s given the task of nabbing the killer, doesn’t pose any danger to the protagonist. So, Madhi is totally free to do whatever he wants. Aslan is a talker, not a doer. You never see him connect the dots, or come up with a delicious strategy to set a trap for his bête noire. Why would anybody give him this important case in which most of the victims are politicians?

I get the idea that Aslan isn’t the one we’re supposed to be invested in. He’s just another cop who can’t think out of the box. His incompetence isn’t shocking, but it is, nevertheless, a sore point. And Rishi, the rich baddie is an arrogant man who has no ethics. He’s a villain for the sake of being a villain. Madhi, therefore, is the sole character whose graph is interesting. But he’s a good guy at the end of the day. He’s not a very good guy. He’s still a killer, but he reroutes the money he makes from the killings to charities.

Perhaps, Gnanamuthu divides his supporting characters into two categories: black and white. And the grey character that remains on the stage is the protagonist. Madhi could have bought an island somewhere and called it his holiday home. But that would have made him selfish. He could have married the love of his life, Bhavana ( Srinidhi Shetty ), without waiting for the approval of her family members. But that would have again made him selfish.

Madhi is an orphan and Bhavana’s folks aren’t comfortable with that. They humiliate him with lines that feel like daggers. And yet, he keeps his anger in check. That’s because he’s a good guy. These situations don’t pop up in refreshing ways. They’re quite formulaic. But Vikram’s performance is earnest. And so is A. R. Rahman ’s music.

Holy moly, what a fantastic album Rahman has given us. The songs are wonderfully shot, too, and they make the viewing experience all the more rewarding. But Gnanamuthu brings in a new plot halfway into Cobra and changes the dynamic between the protagonist and the antagonist. He throws a dice that contains another villain. And it arrives at the point of the interval. It’s the bang that the makers of thrillers bank on usually to get their viewers excited. But when it makes way for a sentimental portion that involves an honor killing and a misunderstanding, the cards go back to their places.

I wouldn’t have minded if Cobra had delved deeper into the Bhavana-and-Madhi story. Why does she want to be with him so much? She constantly talks about leaving her family behind to be with him. She would have surely weighed the odds before saying that out loud. How did she do it, though? The flashback episode in Anniyan (2005) is also dipped in melancholy, but it doesn’t affect the texture of the narration. Cobra, however, starts off as an amusing venture and moves toward the darker space without making the said darker space inhabitable.

Vikram has been having a rough time at the box office. Some of his recent releases are nightmares. But Cobra falls somewhere between watchable and could-have-been-better. I’ll take that, for now.

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Cobra movie review: Vikram puts his audience's love for him to the test in this overlong Ajay Gnanamuthu directorial

Cobra is just an actor's quest for superstardom, and is a disappointing fare.

Cobra movie review: Vikram puts his audience's love for him to the test in this overlong Ajay Gnanamuthu directorial

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Story: Vikram plays Mathi, a mathematician in Cobra and has several different looks throughout the film, which reminds one of his role in Shankar's Anniyan.

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Review: Based on my conversations with Vikram, I can see how he signs each film intending to present something new to the audience that they have never seen before. The man clearly enjoys experimenting with powerful, contrasting, layered, and varied roles. I'm not sure, maybe, he's established a pattern for himself that he's finding difficult to break. Most of his films fall into a specific category. As examples, consider Rajapattai, 10 Endrathukulla, Iru Mugan , and Kadaaram Kondaan. The protagonists in all of these films are not who they appear to be. They remain a mystery. They are inconsistent, intimidating, stylish, and interesting. (That's a fantastic combination!) His most recent outing, Cobra, is another example. Our protagonist sheds his personality traits like a snake sheds its skin.

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In Dasavatharam , Kamal Haasan appeared in ten looks. In Cobra, Vikram appears almost everywhere you least expect him. You have to give it to him— eccentric or mundane—Vikram approaches his roles with utmost dedication. The actor gives everything he has. The enthusiasm with which he constantly changes his appearance, attire, and body language leaves you awestruck. You admire the effort that goes into each outfit he wears, and you wish the slogger had done it all for a more deserving drama.

Cobra aspires to be many things. Aslan (Irfan Pathan), a Turkish Interpol officer, has had sleepless nights due to a series of assassinations of world leaders. The officer learns, with the support of a criminology student from Chennai, that a suspect named Cobra is responsible for all of the assassinations, but his personality remains unknown. There are no prizes for guessing who Cobra is! But, why is he on a murderous rampage? This is the plot's point.

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The film, like the snake, goes all out in a variety of ways. You don't know the answers to many questions. What is the connection between someone from Tamil Nadu going to kill people in Scotland and Odisha? I'm not going to give anything away!

During a tense scene, a key character casually remarks, “Hero-va kaapaatha vandha modhal villain nee dhaan.” It's this element of mystery that lends some excitement to the story, especially as the action kicks in. But alas, Cobra quickly loses its way, and more than once during its three-hour running time, you find yourself asking, “What's going on here?”

Anandaraj, Mohammad Ali Baig, Mia George, and the actor who played Vikram as a child, are a treat to watch, in the second half. These parts are hilarious, thanks to a superb Vikram. But, this is not the best of the actor's performances. However, once again, he does more for a film than the film does for him. He's a mathematician, a teacher, an assassin—whatever he is you want him to be. He enters the character and stays there. It's lovely, but it doesn't help a screenplay that's all over the place.

Even more disheartening is director Ajay Gnanamuthu's work. When it comes to plot, characterization and screenplay, there's very little that's worthy of being salvaged. Until the interval, the pace keeps up, but later Cobra begins to drag. Some sequences seem forced and convoluted. You're left wondering where exactly it's all going, and there are large doses of melodrama that rob the realistic effect. It all ties together in the last few minutes though.

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Unfortunately, Vikram appears to be only concerned with his roles and performances. If this is the path he intends to take, I'm afraid it won't work. Because that's exactly what it is—one man's quest to reclaim his stardom, both on and off the screen! 

All right; moving on. The production values are excellent in Cobra . The cinematography of Bhuvan Srinivasan and Harish Kannan carries you through every frame with practised ease; editing works in certain phases, but the lagging parts don't seem to be the duo's problem, but the script's. Cobra is largely what it is because of AR Rahman's background score and songs. 

Verdict: You expect a fantastic movie but what you do get is a travesty that leaves you gaping at its extreme blandness. Cobra is a mediocre film that struggles to be both a compelling swashbuckling adventure as well as a moving drama. Vikram recently announced that he would once again team up with the director Ajay Gnanamuthu on a future project. I wish them all the very best! (No sarcasm, at all).

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Ajay Gnanamuthu’s world that Cobra is set in, is a great fit for Vikram, the malleable actor. However, the director fails in his attempt to make both a stylish actioner and an emotional drama at once.

Full Review | Nov 20, 2023

When you see Vikram perform so earnestly through a series of disjointed stretches, you feel so bad for the actor who is constantly let down by the films he chooses.

Full Review | Aug 31, 2022

The second half turns out to be a mess, with flashbacks that hardly move us and weakly written cat-and-mouse games.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Aug 31, 2022

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A film about a globetrotting assassin with a deep fascination for cosplay would be a lot of fun to watch if made properly. After ramping up the initial excitement, the film sinks.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Aug 31, 2022

The film needed better casting. Apart from Vikram, who shines, the rest of the support cast barely makes an impact.

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Cobra Movie Review

Release Date : August 31, 2022

123telugu.com Rating : 2.5/5

Starring: Chiyaan Vikram, Srinidhi Shetty, Irfan Pathan, K.S. Ravikumar, Roshan Mathew, Anandraj, Robo Shankar, Mia George, Mirnalini Ravi, Meenakshi Govindrajan and others

Director: Ajay Gnanamuthu

Producer: S.S. Lalit Kumar

Music Directors : A. R. Rahman

Cinematography : Harish Kannan

Editor: Bhuvan Srinivasan

It has been quite a long time since we have seen Vikram on the big screen. He is now back with a film called Cobra that has been dubbed in Telugu. Let’s see how it is.

Madhie(Vikram) is a mathematical genius who goes undercover and commits high profile assassinations. In comes an interpol agent(Irfan Pathan) to nab him. During the investigation, the cops find out a shocking revelation about this assassin called Cobra. Who is this Cobra? What’s his story? and why is he committing these crimes? To know the answers you need to watch the film on the big screen.

Plus Points:

Vikram has always been doing roles which are quite complex. The same happens here with Cobra as well. He gets a role with dual shades and performs it beautifully. All the hallucination scenes performed by the star hero are top notch.

Srinidhi Shetty gets a good role and does her bit in the first half. Irfan Pathan makes a decent debut and is neat as a cop. Though he does not create much impact to the film, he has done a decent job. Mrunalini Ravi gets a neat role in the flashback and she was good. Roshan Mathews gets a negative role and he is impressive.

The first half of the film was pretty decent and the interval bang is handled quite well. The manner in which a key character is brought into the narrative is thought of well. Yet another major bonus is AR Rahman’s music and BGM which was top notch.

Minus Points:

One of the biggest drawbacks of the film is it is painfully lengthy. The story goes on and on in the second half boring the audience. Also, the story is quite confusing and creates so many doubts in the minds of the audience.

The screenplay lacks basic punch as it is narrated in a complicated manner. A simple storyline is made confusing for no reason. There are many scenes in the second half which defy logic and drag the proceedings.

The conflict point between the key characters is not at all established well by the director. A simple screenplay in the second half would have made matters quite simple for the audience. But that does not happen and the film is sidelined in the last half an hour.

Technical Aspects:

As said earlier, AR Rahman is one of the biggest assets as his songs and BGM elevate the proceedings. The Telugu dubbing is decent and so were the dialogues. The production design is slick and so was the camera work. Editing is bad as close to twenty minutes should have been chopped off.

Coming to the director Ajay Gynanamuthu, he has done a dull job with the film. His story is simple but to make it engaging for the audience, he creates a complex screenplay which confuses things even more. By the end of the film, the common audience will surely have multiple doubts about the plot and their back stories. Ajay designs Vikram’s role well but the rest of his narration is haphazard and lengthy.

On the whole, Cobra is a half baked action drama that starts well and goes down in the second half. Vikram’s performance is top notch and AR Rahman’s music is an asset. In a way, what could have been an interesting thriller is spoiled by a confusing narration making this film a dull and lengthy watch this weekend.

123telugu.com Rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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