I had to take my mother to see this movie to show her what mathematicians are capable of, despite all the adverse effects.
The assassinations of a politician, one of the country’s power brokers, and a royal of Scotland, a global fame, open the film. These two events have one thing in common: they are both technically, or rather mathematically sound and faultless, which takes us to the hunt of the most wanted criminals, from what we can tell, on the planet.
Once we get into the movie’s first thirty minutes, it starts to feel like we’re about to see yet another cat-and-mouse suspense drama, but the unexpected interval block, the biggest spoiler, takes the rest of the story on a different path. The writer/director is smart in this regard because instead of giving us the typical cop chasing the “protagonist” criminal story, they diverge into a subplot about a relationship between two significant characters, which ultimately becomes the main plot. The portrayal of Mathi (a) Kathir’s past diverts the spectator into an unexpectedly new plot, yet the outcome is what is expected.
The assassination sequences, the unexpected intermission, and a few more intriguing twists all contribute to the screenplay’s success. Simultaneously, there are sequences that are overdone or that are combined with commercial components, leaving doubts as gaps. When it comes to performances, “Roshan Mathew” as Rishi is without a doubt my top choice. He has a way of effortlessly blending his clairvoyant attitude with his haughty, spoilt kid attitude. Vikram is as fantastic as he always is, and the police questioning sequence gives him the chance to give his signature act. In addition to Meenakshi Govindarajan, Irfan Pathan makes a strong debut. Sarjano Khalid is another performer who deserves a mention considering the magnitude of the role he played as young Mathi.
A little concerning 3 hour length, though there is enough of content to be given, did have opportunities to cut short especially with songs like ‘Tharangini’. The love story with Bhavana, who was played by Srinithi Shetty, did not make as much impact as the one involving Jennifer, who was played by Mirnalini Ravi. This is possibly due to the viewers being disengaged due to the absence of details in the connection. Some mandatory Tamil movie scenes didn’t function well, such as the one where the villain must be faced off with regardless of who he is or the circumstances. The film gives us a gist of a writing brilliance with a lot more mathematical schemes into the screenplay but leaves us with just another typical suspense drama. Thanks to the numerous narrative twists involving multiple important characters who all contribute to making “Cobra” a decently entertaining movie.
- Cast: Vikram, Irfan Pathan, Srinidhi Shetty, Mirnalini Ravi, Roshan Mathew, Sarjano Khalid, K.S. Ravikumar, Meenakshi Govindarajan
- Written and Directed by: Ajay Gnanamuthu
- Produced by: S.S. Lalit Kumar, 7 screen studio
- Music: A.R. Rahman
- Cinematography: Harish Kannan
- Edited: Bhuvan Srinivasan
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