Cobra

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Released 1986

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Director:
George P. Cosmatos
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
Cobra is a 1986 thriller about a violent crime wave on the streets of Los Angeles and the action hero who must stop the madness. The film opens with an intense supermarket hostage situation in which the LAPD has no choice but to call in their "Zombie Squad." Maverick cop Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) and Sergeant Gonzales (Reni Santoni) lead this special task force. Cobretti, with a trademark match in his mouth, guns down the hostage taker (Marco Rodr''guez) whose last words allude to a "new world." The next day, another murder rocks the city, but this time a young woman, Ingrid Knutsen (Brigitte Nielsen), witnesses the attack. Cobretti soon connects the ranting grocery store madman with the string of knife killings. Instead of facing one serial killer, Cobretti must pursue an entire psychotic cult. Cobra was directed by George P. Cosmatos whose credits include another Stallone classic, Rambo: First Blood Part II.

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  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Whereas Clint Eastwood simply would have squinted at Robinson, Stallone takes a more violent approach. Maybe that's the difference between actors--Eastwood can be droll; Stallone m...

  • 30

    Time Out London

    There is not nearly enough violence. No one is eviscerated. The villains, all mumblers to a man, are not punished by having their tongues cut out. The body count is only somewhere ...

  • 25

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Cobra looks and sounds as bad as it does because Stallone hired George P. Cosmatos (Rambo), a hack with no ideas, to direct, and because Stallone wrote the screenplay himself. No e...

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Crime