SYNOPSIS: It made me want to kick my own *ss. (by rootbeerbrains)
YOU CAN'T TELL ME the first time you saw Stallone do a complete 180 in that pimped out ride, hang that sweet lookin' gun out of the window, and knock off a few caps at the bad guy as he drove in REVERSE !! that you didn't get a little tingly in your gut in a good way.People... I think we need to have a Come-To-Jesus about this movie. I can't believe I actually saw such low approval stats from all age brackets. Lemme just holler and the children of the '80s: what the hell are you thinking? Stallone and Schwartzenegger were bigger than life back then, and there's no <more>
love.... Now there's nothing but CGI, bigger explosions, crazier guns, fake boobies, more authentic-looking aliens, all the things I like in movies -- wait a second.You know, I realize Stallone will never win Best Actor... I realize Stallone will never die, probably, he's always in such damn good shape... and I also realize that his face will never straighten up so he can talk correctly, but there's one thing I do know... I give this movie a 10, and I hope it feels like the giant peanut butter sandwich you just ate without a glass of milk anywhere in sight! I need a glass of rootbeer... BARTENDER!
80's entertainment at it's best (by Cobretti_1986)
First of all....to all the people who bash this film, I have one question for you. Did you see the cover? If after seeing the cover, Stallone with sunglasses an Uzi in his hand and a match in his mouth, and you still rented this and hated it you deserve what you get. If you want to watch "Masterpiece Theater" and pretend not to be bored then go ahead. Leave action movies for the fans of the genre.This movie doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. It's a violent, campy, 80's Stallone vehicle that is a lot of fun. Cobra is a cool character with catchy one liners <more>
and an awesome 50 Merc Coup. He wears sunglasses and a match in his mouth. A rouge cop who works the zombie squad and is a lonely guy until he meets an aspiring model who he's been hired to protect. If you dont like Stallone then this film will not change you're mind. 4 **** starsPs. The movie is an editing masterpiece. Edited by Don Zimmerman who edited "Being There"
Let me start by saying that I fully understand all the people who hate this film. After all, it is a violent, often extremely stupid macho-actioner which falls apart if you start to think it's contents for a second. Its characters are one-dimensional and there's really not much plot or dialogue. But while many others think of the above as a bad thing, I think I've just described the recipe for a perfect action film.I recently watched "Vampires" on DVD and listened to John Carpenter's commentary and one comment amused me. When James Woods and his crew were outside a <more>
building supposedly filled with vampires, everyone was wearing vests and neckpieces which protected them from being bitten except James Woods and Carpenter said about this something like "You can see how everyone is wearing vests except James Woods because he's so tough". Such is the case with Cobra also. All the other cops are dressed like...well, cops, but Stallone, he really stands out from the crowd in a positive way with his tight jeans, T-shirts, a pair of really cool and very 80s sunglasses and a match in his mouth which I thought was a very nice touch . And why does he look like this? You guessed it - because he's so tough.As I said before, there's not much plot and what there is, is pretty stupid and generic. We have seen it many times before and we will I hope! see it many times in the future but hey, if it ain't broken, why fix it? Of course there are several people who think it has always been broken.. There are some sequences and dialogue in Cobra which are almost embarrassingly stupid such as the opening shot where the team of killers are weaving axes to the air and then there are the legendary lines "The court is civilized, isn't it...pig?" "But I'm not.. This is where the law stops..and I start..sucker!" but I'm just so glad that they included these scenes even though they probably knew that the critics wouldn't like them because they are my favorite scenes in the movie.This is a movie which has a very, very specific target audience and the reason for all the bad reviews is probably the fact that unlike other movies like this, this was for some reason targeted to a wider audience and of course, many people didn't like it. Not because Cobra is a bad movie but because they just don't like films like this. Surprisingly the other movie which was also based on Paula Gosling's novel, the William Baldwin-Cindy Crawford -actioner "Fair Game" suffered the same fate. Needless to say, I also liked that film a lot.I know most people don't like the movies that I like and that's OK but I want others to know that I personally have seen probably over a thousand action movies and this is one of my all-time favorites and that there are many, many others who have truly enjoyed Cobra and it has become a cult classic to action fans worldwide. And when everyone starts to really think about it, Cobra may just be the perfect movie. There are so many films made in the 90s which are OK. They are not great but they don't suck either. Cobra, however, has all the ingredients that action fans love and others hate. It doesn't leave anyone cold, you either love it or you hate it. But I'll say this: If you like films like "Schindler's List" or "Shakespeare in Love" and you rent a film with a tagline "Crime is a disease. Meet the cure. COBRA", you truly deserve what you see!Cobra is an excellent action movie because of a great macho performance I loved the deep voice! and screenplay from Stallone, a truly phenomenal score from my favorite composer Sylvester Levay, tight editing by Don Zimmerman and good cinematography by Ric Waite who was also the director of photography in my other favorite, "Marked for Death" starring Steven Seagal . I also praise the director, George P. Cosmatos, although I haven't liked his other movies as much as this.Anyway, the name and the tagline really says it all. You're either going to love or hate this and all I can say is, if you look for any intelligence in a movie, don't see it. I do, but not in an action movie. Actually, I don't even want action films to be smart or sophisticated. For me, Cobra delivers! I give it a full 10/10.
Mindless '80s mayhem - I love it! (by Leofwine_draca)
Typical action-packed mid '80s fare, along the lines of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II or COMMANDO in that it depicts a whole army of bad guys getting stylishly wiped out in various ways. This short, sharp movie is classic cheese action entertainment with little plot and lots of stuntmen. Sylvester Stallone is in his element as the charismatic loner, a clichéd maverick cop whose hard-as-nails wisecracks are actually funny for a change. Whether he's wasting a supermarket-siege psycho in the opening moments or machine-gunning an army of motorbike-riding weirdos in the film's <more>
eye-popping finale, Stallone is in his prime here although ironically the film bombed at the box office which explains the lack of sequels . Those super-cool '80s-style sunglasses help too.The plot rather successfully tries to emulate a slasher movie as it opens with repeated scenes of a psychopathic killer murdering innocent female victims with a rather nasty-looking shiny knife. Despite being gore-free the murders are rather sleazy, employing some fine mad acting from veteran hardman villain Brian Thompson and some icky sound effects to make up for the lack of claret on view. After a tense and surprisingly effective hospital stalk-and-slash sequence the film drops this mock-horror angle, instead moving into comic-book all-out action stuff as Stallone engages in a crowd-pleasing car chase, full of vehicles jumping over hills like in every other '80s cop film , mindless destruction and a few cool stunts like the boat crash and the car-park jump. Then there's the acclaimed in the realms of cheesy action fans, that is finale, in which Stallone and his crew retreat to a countryside motel as a hideout and are attacked by an entire army of psychopaths who are mown down by Stallone's machine gun.The climax takes place in one of those clichéd factory locations which gives Stallone further chance to burn, break and butcher the opposition, rarely breaking a sweat and tossing off more wisecracks at every opportunity one quip - "You have the right to remain silent - forever" to a burning victim - was needlessly cut from the film by British censors for being too sadistic . Finally it's the one on one fight with the 'Night Slasher' cool name , the head honcho who ends up being impaled on a hook and fried in a kiln. What more could one ask for? Well, a real story perhaps, a realistic script and good acting. They don't come close to any of those three in this film yet it remains a largely entertaining enterprise due to the fast-pacing and endless action, plus comic relief that works. It's funny because it's so clichéd and enjoyably brainless fun.Stallone is supported by Brigitte Nielsen RED SONJA , who doesn't really get to be anything else other than a damsel-in-distress as the witness who becomes a stalked victim, and veteran Andrew Robinson HELLRAISER as the antagonistic superior. Reni Santoni is effective as a likable sidekick whilst Brian Thompson excels in what is one of his scariest in both physical appearance and hefty bulk performances to date. Aside from this, there's not much to say. Endless explosions, destruction, people being shot repeatedly and more stuntmen than you can shake a stick at - if that sounds like your idea of fun then by all means give this mindless slice of '80s cheesiness a try.
Underrated but Highly Entertaining Action Classic !!! (by homecoming8)
"THIS IS WHERE THE LAW STOPS, AND I START.. SUCKER!" Just one of the great lines in this action classic."Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 was one of the biggest commercial movie hits from the '80's. Shortly after, director George Pan Cosmatos and action superstar Sylvester Stallone were once again reunited for 1986's "Cobra". It was not as big as "Rambo" but it did play in a record-breaking number of theaters in it's opening weekend back in 1986. The press was very negative which was bad for the smashing commercial success this movie could <more>
have been eventually. Strange, since they did not receive any screening copies in fear of bad publicity.After 25 years, it is still a great action flick. The kind you do not see anymore. It still is not outdated, because "Cobra" features state of the art weaponry and a great car that still amazes the audience now. The cast and supporting cast is quit good: Reni Santoni reprises his role from another action classic, "Dirty Harry" 1971 . In that one he also played the partner of the leading cop, Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan in that movie. And "Cobra" is a modern adaptation from the "Dirty Harry" movies. Andrew Robinson is well known for his leading role in the horror classic "Hellraiser" 1987 and was also in movies like "Pumpinhead II" 1993 . But his best part is playing the psycho killer in.. "Dirty Harry" ! Art LeFleur was in Van Damme's "Death Warrant" 1990 . And let's not forget Brigitte Nielsen ! She is a Danish model and was at the time actually Stallone's wife ! Her part is OK, she was better in "Rocky IV" as Ivan Drago's Dolph Lundgren wife, she has some really good scenes in that one."Cobra" is a violent, macho action movie. The ending was brutal, reminded me of the final scene "Exterminator 2" 1984 . So I understand why people do not like this movie. The same people that do not like movies like "Death Wish" and "The Exterminator".But if you want hard-hitting, brutal and explosive '80's action at it's best, "Cobra" is the one to watch. The great final 20 minutes can be compared to the explosive finals of movies like "Commando" or "Hard Target": They just do not make them like they used to.. too bad.
In 1986 when this film was released i watched it on VHS while i was a 12 year old At that time Sylvester Stallone had made his place in my heart through rocky and Rambo trilogy , now for the 1st time i saw a different of his kind. He here again did not disappointed me but made me more enjoy and entertain through his artistic action ability. Playing a new breed of cop he really showed up as cure for the rapidly growing disease of crime. Fighting against a group of serial killer led by a ruthless psychotic murderer known as Nightslasher he now must also protect a woman becoming witness by <more>
watching the killer very closely. Here that woman' s role is played by his ex-wife Bridget Nielsen. She also had been with him in Rocky 4 as playing Ivan drago' s wife. It contained very marvelous king of car chases and gun fights and suspense when she is being stalked and tried to be hunted by the serial killer. But above all it was Stallone who was the life of the movie. Just remember his quotes from the beginning till the end. Especially in the end ," You are history !!! and " this is where the law stops and i start ,' sucker!!!!!". But he also encounters some problems too when some of his fellow officers confront him for doing things his own way , as perhaps they were little jealous of him and with one he had very serious disagreements. I even was also impressed by the villain Bryan Thompson , he was quite handsome and in good shape , even he could had played an action hero. Well he met very brutal end by the two heavyweight giants of Hollywood, in Cobra by Sylvester Stallone and in Terminator by the hands of Arnold Schwarzenneger. The sound track is really made of 1980s awesome music. I loved the 80s both in terms of music and action flicks. 80s really was great , and this remembers me of that time.
Revenge of the 80's: Sylvester Stallone's hey days! (by Captain_Couth)
Cobra 1986 was one of the many star vehicles that showcased Sly Stallone. This happens to be one of his better ones. The cheese and sleaze factor hits the roof in this one as Stallone stars as maverick cop Cobratti his first name is pretty silly and has to be heard . A group of underground psychos are brewing and have formed a cult of killing machines. Meanwhile a model Brigitte Nielsen has been marked for death after escapes from one of their minions clutches. It's up to Cobratti and his cop buddy Reni Santori to topple this blood thirsty cult. But can they do it?I happen to enjoy <more>
this movie, it's so cheesy and sleazy and impossible not to like! Stallone mumbles and grunts his way through the film whilst Ms. Nielsen is nothing more than eye candy. Reni Santori mugs for the camera and does his best to deliver his goofy and inane dialog as the movie's designated comic relief. He also has bad timing in these movies because something always happens to him. The villains are pretty straight forward sweaty and delusional psychos who need to learn some basic manners.If you like cheesy action movies with heavy doses of sleaze, this one's a sure winner. But if you're looking for something serious or poignant, look elsewhere because you ain't going to find it here!Highly recommended!
I don't want no more of your renegade action Butch! (by jonnyabomb)
For sheer unadulterated cheese combined with sublimely funny renegade antics this is surly the film. I loved it from start to finish with the highly notable first scene being the stand out centrepiece. Everything that is good about the male action hero is summed up this 20-minute bloodbath, little care is taken to dialogue and the one liner is king. From the moment when Stallone gives his crime wave countdown monologue you know this is a no thinking required action fest with plenty of violence to boot. However, watching this film is at times like one of the police chase shows. You know its <more>
simple chaos but you just can't take your eyes off it. Please watch this film...but leave your brain at home.
Voters see a Stallone movie and give it a low rating regardless of what they really think. This was a fun movie. ya know, fun if you like violence and Brigette Nielsen Anyway, this deserves better than it's rating. I think it's one of Stallone's best and Stallone has acted in TONS of great movies..TONS You must provide 10 lines in your comment. You must provide 10 lines in your comment.You must provide 10 lines in your comment.You must provide 10 lines in your comment.You must provide 10 lines in your comment.You must provide 10 lines in your comment.You must provide 10 You <more>