"This is a classic Sylvester Stallone action movie. It's one of the best he ever made. Cobra was mostly known for the number of people killed during the movie. It far exceeded any previous record for an action movie...bordering on the comical. Some of the things you'll remember... The match he keeps in his mouth. His awesome gun. His Mercury which is painfully destroyed during the movie. And the most memorable moment is when he meets up with "Night Slasher" (Brian Thompson) at the end and gets an earful about the judicial system. "They'll say I'm insane. Won't they...PIG!?" If ever there was a classic piece of film it's this encounter. Me and my friends still joke today about how spittle and sweat comes from his mouth when he says, "PIG!". It's hilarious. That alone is worth owning this movie. In all, it's typical of 80's action films. Sylvester's films always seem to have a fair amount of cheese in them. It's a given. At the same time tho, they don't make films like this anymore. The days of the action hero seem over, but they can be relived with movies like Cobra."
Gasputin | Flarbort Square | 05/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A friend of mine once stated that Cobra was "one of the greatest works of art ever committed to celluloid". He's dead now, so I feel okay saying that his comment was patently absurd. Cobra is, in fact, the greatest achievement in human history. More to the point, watching Cobra is like peering into the mind of God. Following all the movie's plot twists and turns is certainly a test of mental acuity, but under the delicate helmsmanship of director George Cosmatos, even a dullard can expect 87 minutes of uninterrrupted rapture. Based on Paula Gosling's criminally Nobel-overlooked novel "Fair Game", Cobra explores the fragile struggle between civilized society's need for a humane justice system versus its innate lust for exacting revenge. In an increasingly violent, hostile, and lonely world, where apocalyptic serial-killing cults are allowed to infiltrate our power structures (in this case, the police force), slaughter our pop icons in parking garages (Peter Cetera), and clink their axes together in abandoned warehouses, where do we draw the line between cruelty and justice? Where Cosmatos stands on this issue is purely speculative, as he tackles the films denouement with characteristic subtlety and restraint: Cobra impales the maniacal cult leader on a hook conveyor to be immolated in a roaring smelting furnace. It's an ending that will no doubt continue to inspire spirited discourse amongst filmgoers and ethicists for decades to come. At the center of all this wondrous mayhem is Sylvester Stallone as the hard-boiled "zombie squad" toiler Marion "Cobra" Cobretti. And, surprise surprise!, he is once again at the top of his craft. Here he revolutionizes thespianism with a brilliant new school of character development whereby the actor bypasses the diverse landscape of emotions one would expect from his/her character and instead tenaciously embraces a look of fatigue, angst, and confusion throughout the film's entirety. It's a talent only the likes of Burt Reynolds and a young Dolph Lundgren could ever hope to master. Need romance? Cobra has it in spades. The chemistry between Stallone and damsel-in-distress Brigitte Nielsen recalls classic Tracy-Hepburn and DeVito-Perlman. This is never more evident than in the infamous diner scene, in which Nielsen squirts a viscous lagoon of ketchup on her french fries before an exasperated Cobretti. This stunning use of condiments only hints at the unbearably thick sexual tension between the protagonists and always lights a fire in my shorts. The only sad note in this film : wardrobe director Tom Bronson's mind-boggling decision to saddle Cobra's partner Gonzalez (played by an unbelievably adequate Reni Santoni) with a tweed cap throughout most of the action. Yes, the dapper fez lends some street-cred and authenticity to the role, but it isn't until a shootout near the end of the film that the heaven that is this man's gossamer follicles are exposed! Shame on you, Mr. Bronson. Anything less than the unadulterated glory that is Mr. Santoni's vibrant plumage is a crime in my book!!! Aspiring filmmakers take heed: commit "Cobra" to memory...or take up bricklaying. "
WARNING!! A CAN OF BEER IS SHOT IN THIS FILM!!!
Robert van Hugginbottom | Behind the sardine factory, PA | 04/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Do the math-- a renegade cop fortuitously named "Cobretti" + this same cop cutting freezer-stored pizza with scissors + an ax-clinking cult willing to bring about the "New World Order" by butchering Peter Cetera in a parking garage + a homicidal maniac who spews a pint of saliva with every utterance of the word "PIG!" in the gripping climax - any semblance of acting skills = THE DEFINITIVE WORK IN THE BRIGITTE NIELSEN LIBRARY!! As soon as the 20th Anniversary Edition lands in theaters, do like Flair and...WALK THAT AISLE!!!"
Forgettable, even for Stallone
Robert van Hugginbottom | 04/30/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The first 10 minutes of this movie present a pretty entertaining introduction to the title character, Marion "the Cobra" Cobretti. The reflecto sunglasses, the laser scoped gun, the cobra insignia on the gun's handle, the match dangling from his pouty lips (I thought that went out in the 50's?). After those first 10 minutes, however, I had a hard time maintaining my concentration on this movie. In 1985, Stallone and Schwarzenegger went mano a mano with two war superhero movies, "Rambo" and "Commando," two of my all time favorites for that genre. In 1986, I was hyped for the round two with "Cobra" and "Raw Deal" fighting it out for the detective superhero award. Well, both movies rank among my all time least favorites for ol' Hanz and Franz. How can a woman as good looking as Brigette Nielsen be such a bore playing a model? And why does Stallone play the Cobra like Rocky Balboa with a speech impediment? (I know that is redundant). I guess he thinks the shy-guy routine will somehow allow this 2 dimensional character to cast an actual shadow. We'll never know. You'll be best off skipping this one at the rental outlet."
Sexy Stallone at his best!
Robert van Hugginbottom | 03/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is so underrated! I can't get enough of Sly with those tinted glasses and that toothpick. The action is spectacular and there are some good social comments about society too that really make you think. I love the car he drives and that stubble drives me wild! I have'nt been this hot and bothered since "Party at Kitty and Studs". Sometimes, me and my girlfriends will rent this and a Stephen Segal movie and just squeal the night away."