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Cobra 1986

4.3 out of 5 stars (84) IMDb 5.6/10

A street-wise detective's hard-line approach to the law is pushed to the limit when he challenges a rampaging band of psycho bikers. Sylvester Stallone plays the cop, and takes them on single-handedly in a car chase that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen
Runtime:
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director George P. Cosmatos
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen
Supporting actors Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, John Herzfeld, Lee Garlington, Art LaFleur, Marco Rodríguez, Ross St. Phillip, Val Avery, David Rasche, John Hauk, Nick Angotti, Nina Axelrod, Joe Bonny, Brad Bovee, Kevin Breslin, Roger Aaron Brown, John Cahill
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format: Blu-ray
Finally, the full version of this classic action-flick. Since the mid-80s all UK-realeases were missing one sentence during the final showdown. Fortunately for all fans, by now the BBFC have given a green light to the full version which is contained on the BD.
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Here are the 10 main reasons why I absolutely love Sly Stallone's Cobra:

1. It's the darkest of Sly's movies, with great atmosphere of dark and hostile city.
2. It's directed by George P. Cosmatos, so you know action scenes are going to be totally unrealistic and totally awesome.
3. It has this unique 80s vibe you won't find in modern movies.
4. It's definitely NOT a movie for kiddies - the thing I can't say about 90% of modern films.
5. The music in it is absolutely awesome.
6. It's stupid, but not in an insulting way (for that, go and see: Transformers 1 & 2, the Hitchhiker remake, almost every single modern action movie).
7. Bridget Nielsen!
8. It has it's own style and it's nothing like other 80s action movies - it's like a crossover of The Terminator, Se7en and Rambo.
9. Has an EPIC climax.
10. It's FUN!
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Cobra is a classic slice of typical 80s action. Its cheesy, has a thin plot, plenty of macho cringeworthy moments, but despite this, the movie works.

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.
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I had almost forgotten what a great simple thriller this was. Shame on me. I have always been a massive fan of Sylvester Stallone, and admired him for so much, not least writing most of the stuff he does and directing and producing, but a writer is what he was in the first place, and he is also an oscar winning writer for Rocky. This thriller, based on a book Fair Game by Paula Gosling, is a no nonsense, no holds barred thriller, which pits Stallone's Cobra crime-stopping crusader against a brutal and merciless night slasher, who he believes is an army, not just one killer.

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!
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1986 Action Classic! And one of Sly's most underrated movies, that deserved a sequel!
Simple plot, maverick cop Marion Cobretti (Stallone) is assigned to protect a beautiful female witness from a cult of Neo-Nazi style supremacist bikers who are terrorising Los Angeles with a spate of brutal murders - You get it all here; a scene reminiscent of Halloween 2 , where the cult leader (a monster of a man known as The Night Slasher) goes on a Michael Myers style killing spree at the City's hospital, plenty of bloody shootouts and fights and a couple of superb Car & Bike chases that are second only to the Mad Max movies, in terms of violence and spectacle. Really, really good stunt work and special effects! Also, there's lots of firearms, including Cobretti's hi-tech, laser sighted Jatimatic submachinegun, well deployed throughout the many chases and firefights!
All this is tightly directed (George P Cosmatos, Rambo 2), and sharply edited, with decent cinematography. Performances are fine for an action film, and this is very much a product of the late 80's in it's flashy lighting, camera angles and garish violence.
I would definiteley shortlist this as one of the definitive 1980's action movies!
Quite a decent AOR soundtrack too!
There's elements of Slasher movies, Dirty Harry style cop movies and a strong feel of the Mad Max/Road Warrior genre in the stunning car chases and biker atacks.
For fans of Mad Max 1&2, Stone Cold, The Terminator and the Lethal Weapon series...
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