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A tough detective, nickname Cobra (Sylvester Stallone), is assigned to protect a beautiful model (Brigitte Nielsen), the only witness to a series of brutal murders. It transpires that the killings are not the work of one lone psychopath, but rather a highly organised army of neo-fascists.
Like Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky and Rambo, the hero of Cobra is another original: Lt. Marion Cobretti, a one-man assault force whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crimestopping venom. Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) rejoins Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but to an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order” – and killing the inadvertent witness (Brigitte Nielsen) to their latest blood spree. Fortunately, Cobra is her protector. And full-throttle screen excitement doesn’t get any better
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The tension throughout the film is well sustained and it is superbly atmospheric, creepy at times, but always entertaining and gripping one way or another. Brigitte Nielsen is also terrific as the model witness who they are forced to protect and she is convincingly terrified a lot of the time. Brian Thompson plays the killer in no doubt one of his first roles, and he of course later went on to play the bounty hunter in The X Files,
A terrific thriller with a superb chase sequence, fast paced and some imaginitive angles and other bits in there too. Crime is a disease and this is most definitely the cure!
There is no doubt that Stallone has charisma, thats what made him such a star in Hollywood, and he works on that to a treat here. Fans of his work will be delighted in that sense.
Stallone is backed up well too. We have Andrew Robinson and Reni Santoni as part of the law enforcement group- both are very good actors, and interestingly both starred in the classic Dirty Harry 15 years earlier.
The biggest surprise for me was Brigitte Nielsen, who as a baddie was a disaster in the ill fated Beverly Hills Cop 2. But here, as a woman on the run from a manic serial killer, she really impresses.
The script which was written by Stallone is poor indeed, that is the big let down here, but again the decent actors make the most of it. I'm sure at some points they may have improvised.
The direction is top notch, and it was a shrewd idea, possibly by Stallone to bring in George P Cosmatos who Stallone had previously worked with on Rambo 2.
A worthy note should also be aimed at the killer himself played by Brian Thompson who is mostly mute here, just adding even more of a sense of horror about his character.
And oh how inncocent the 80s were. There is an early supermarket showdown piece that has plenty of advertising for Pepsi. But in that scene Stallone decides to swig from a beer instead, also at the end Coke is advertised and drank. Its a small note, but that would NEVER happen in a film of today.
All in all if you like plain old dumbed down at times and cheesy action movies of this era, you should love Cobra- there is plenty of machine guns, deaths (though not graphic) and lots of car chases, its a hoot, all be it a guilty one.
I do love COBRA and it is one of those films that you can enjoy again & again if you like a film that is full of fast paced action.
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