Starring: Vikram, Srinidhi Shetty, Irfan Pathan, K. S. Ravikumar, Roshan Mathew and others
Directed by: R. Ajay Gnanamuthu
Written by: R. Ajay Gnanamuthu, Neelan K. Sekar, Kanna Sreevasthan, Azaruddin Alauddin, Innasi Pandiyan, Bharat Krishnamachari
Produced by: S. S. Lalit Kumar
Cinematography: Bhuvan Srinivasan, Harish Kannan
Edited by: Bhuvan Srinivasan and John Abraham
Music by: A. R. Rahman
iQlik Movies Rating: 2.5/5
Chiyaan Vikram is back again with yet another interesting project titled Cobra. The film features Srinidhi Shetty of KGF fame in the female lead role. Ajay Gnanamuthu is the film's director. The film was promoted nicely in both Telugu and Tamil languages. The film hit the screens today simultaneously in the Telugu states and Tamilnadu. Check out the review of the film here.
Cobra narrates the story of an investigation into some high-profile assassinations that takes place across the world and in India. When the investigating officers come to know that Cobra is behind the assassinations, they start decoding the connection between him and the murders. Who is Cobra? What does he have to do with these murders? What is the story of a genius mathematician turning into an assassin? Forms the story of the movie.
Chiyaan Vikram is the man of the movie. Vikram is known for coming up with some brilliant performances. The actor underwent a big transformation for the roles he got to play in the film. His performance is outstanding and he looks ultra stylish. There are three heroines in the film.
Srinidhi Shetty and Mirnalini Ravi add glamour to the film with their presence. They look good and are paired up well with Vikram. On the other hand, there is Meenakshi Govindarajan who shined in the role of a police officer. Roshan Matthews is another great artist who got a chance to make his presence felt in the film. He played his part well.
Cricketer Irrfan Pathan made his debut with the film as an actor and he did okay. The rest of the cast is good and made their presence felt.
In terms of technicalities, AR Rahman's music is a big plus. The music director came up with a good background score. The score rightly elevated the action sequences and impressed big time.
The cinematography is decent. The editor and cinematographer is the same person for the film. The editing is okay, but the film's runtime is very high. Some boring portions can be chopped off. The conversations are good. The Telugu dubbing is not up to the mark. The production values of the film are grand.
Ajay Gnanamuthu is one of the talented filmmakers in Tamil who has already impressed with crime thrillers. With an actor like Vikram in hand, he can do wonders. The director has attempted the same but fell short in reaching the destination. A little believable plot could have helped the film, but the larger-than-life backdrop has spoiled the scope to thrill the viewers.
The film's first half is exciting with good narration, but the second half lacked pace, and the narration is not engaging. The interval twist raises the curiosity but the second half is dull when compared to the first half. On the whole, Cobra tries to be a gripping thriller but the loose ends play a spoilsport. Still, the film is watchable for its stylish making and endearing performance from Vikram.
Final Verdict: Vikram's one-man show that falls short of expectations
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