Seeing Cobra (2022), it was clear that like all his previous films, Chiyaan Vikram has worked super hard on this one too – in the various make-up, he was totally unrecognizable – excellent performance by him. The film is about a mercenary killer, whose identity is not known to anyone. The killer is chased by an Interpol officer (the cricketer Irfan Pathan) & by a world’s rich businessman. The film gets a Raw in mangoidiots scale.

Starting with an engaging plot, the movie was enjoyable for the first hour, but then it loses its orientation and gets chaotic for no reason. The visuals and the overall arrangement of the scene inside a church in Scotland were breathtaking. In many scenes, especially near the climax, Anandaraj, Miya George, Mohammad Ali Baig and a young boy synchronously copy the body movements of Vikram and those sequences were fantastic. Srinidhi Shetty and Irfan Pathan have done their roles well. Sarjano Khalid was well suited as the young protagonist. All others including Mirnalini Ravi, K. S. Ravikumar, Suresh Menon & Meenakshi Govindarajan have limited roles.

The hero is portrayed to be a mathematics genius, but only cursory reasoning is given on how he really exploits this talent. Director R. Ajay Gnanamuthu moves in haste when discussing the flashbacks, explaining the logic/science behind the murders, and in most places this brevity works but not everywhere. As we get closer to the climax, we are completely lost on who the characters really are, due to this same brevity and we find it difficult to understand the relationships.

Unfortunately, just like his films in the last few years, the talented actor Vikram gets let down by a tame story that runs too long (183 minutes). I don’t understand the obsession for Kollywood directors to include all the stories they think in the story room.

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