Cobra

Cobra Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, John Herzfeld, Lee Garlington, Art LaFleur, Val Avery, David Rasche, Nick Angotti

Cobra: Marion Cobretti – essentially a paramilitary policeman – comes across his scummiest scumbag yet, but he believes this is more than just a one-off. This is a spin-off from when Stallone walked away from Beverly Hills Cop to make something more violent! It’s essentially an ‘Arnie Film’ but with a different star, and more than most of the Arnie movies around this era, this has a really nasty streak through it – the baddies are a fairly nihilistic, ruthless bunch working under the name “Night Slasher” – although their back-story & motives could have done with fleshing out. Stallone’s Cobretti is unnecessarily cool – Car, Shades, clothes, attitude – it’s laughable at times, but Sly always does this. The action scenes are all pretty good – including a superb car chase that feels straight out of the Fast franchise, a lot of shooting, a boss fight in a suitably 1980s industrial setting (a foundry) and even a cheeky homage to the Shining’s famous door-smashing scene. There’s also flakes of social commentary (particularly the failing justice system), and an under-appreciated ‘anti Christmas movie’ vibe throughout. While Cobra is absolutely nothing new, it’s all fairly enjoyable if you appreciate cheese, big action, and lots of hard-18 violence – although if it does require subtitles to comprehend Sly.

Score: 6.5/10

Advertisements
8 comments
  1. This movie is also the birthplace of one of the best tough guy one liners ever when Stallone tells a bad guy: “You’re the disease and I’m the cure.” I was young when I first saw this movie and that line blew my mind. Hahaha. I hope I’m remembering this correctly.

    Like

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      That’s the right film indeed – worth a re-watch IMHO as it’s one of those films that I imagine matches the mental hype of seeing it as a kid – whereas most cheese-ball films like this tend to disappoint adult viewings.

      Like

  2. Dan said:

    The film has a bad rep but I’ve always loved it… very, very dark and a complete contrast to the film Stallone could have made had he done Beverly Hills Cop but I like that. I’m also glad Beverly Hills Cop turned out the way it did but Cobra is great fun in its own way.

    Like

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I think Sly may have burried Beverly Hills cop. In fact, I’d love to hear him try to say “Beverly Hills Cop”! As mentioned, not sure why this gets a bad rep – great fun, and classic 1980s.

      Like

  3. Pretty enjoyable outing in Stallone’s filmography. Great review!

    Like

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Cheers! I was taken aback by this as I’d never seen it – and don’t understand why it’s generally been panned. If Arnie was the lead it would be pure cult!

      Like

  4. If my kids were to watch Cobra now, they’d think it hilarious and cheezy for sure, but back in my days, it was thrilling and absolutely great! Wearing sunglasses also became a hit!

    Like

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Ha ha ha – bought myself a cheap pair of aviator knock-offs after seeing this! Still a great film – ‘classic 80s’ through and through.

      Like

Opinions are like nipples... I WANT TO SEE YOURS!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: