Ajay Gnanamuthu’s ‘Cobra’, starring Vikram, is an incoherent, overstuffed thriller that goes on and on

Posted on August 31, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The film tries to be like ‘Anniyan’, where Vikram pulled out all the stops as a man with a mental condition who becomes a superman-vigilante. Here, he’s an assassin.

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Ajay Gnanamuthu’s Cobra is apparently about a mathematician who’s a master of disguises. Like a snake sheds its skin, he sheds his personas. Like a snake strikes when provoked, he strikes, too. Given the fact that the protagonist’s nickname has to be reptilian (see connections above) and have a mathematical connection, why not… “adder”? But I guess “cobra” is cooler-sounding. Plus, it is the cleverest of snakes. Don’t look at me. I am only repeating what the screenplay says. But unlike what the trailer suggested, this is not a simple thriller, like, say, the Mission: Impossible movies, which are all about action and suspense. The core of Cobra is a lot of deep-rooted emotion, which is revealed in a really long Shankar-style flashback. Let me just say the film tries to be a bit like Anniyan, where Vikram pulled out all the stops as a man with a mental condition who becomes a superman-vigilante. Here, he’s an assassin. I think.

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