SYLVESTER STALLONE creates another electrifying American hero in the Rocky/Rambo mold: Cobretti the cop, a fearless dispenser of justice out to stop a gang of serial killers. Year: 1986.A must-see!
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Rotten: It's fast-paced and full of gaudy action, yet it's thoroughly unsatisfying, largely because it's so lazy.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Rotten: The film trades on the same technique used by books that attack pornography by printing examples of the dirty pictures. Cobra pretends to be against the wanton violence of a disintegrating society, but it's really the apotheosis of that violence.
- Nina Darnton, New York Times, Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Fresh: Cobra is a sleek, extremely violent and exciting police thriller.
- Variety Staff, Variety, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
What do you expect? Stallone write and star in this movie.
- citawijaya, Thursday, March 5, 2009
"This is where the law stops...and I begin!" It was never meant to be a brilliant Shakespearean drama, it was never meant to take itself too seriously and it was never made with the intention of making something groundbreaking...so take Cobra for what it is: Stallone in his prime with a gun in hand and a tonne of bad guys waiting for him to kill. The 80's action genre is one that I am a massive fan of; the simplicity of the plots and no complex plot turns means that you can sit back and have a fun time without experiencing anything that will alter your life. Stallone plays a veteran cop nicknamed Cobra who is part of the "zombie squad". Cobra is renowned for his quick and violent dispatches of those who deserve it. As the film opens we are made fully aware of this as he uses guns and cheesy one-liners. A serial killer rattles the city with a series of killings of random civilians. Cobra isn't allowed to be a part of the investigation, but doesn't take 'no' for an answer. Of course, this serial killer plot is an excuse to fill the screen with non-stop violence, and let the body count rise in traditional Stallone style. The plot is thin and pretty much dissipates as the film becomes nothing more than an entertaining slaughter and mindless entertainment. Of course Stallone's performance is far from perfect (in fact it's quite terrible in places) but he is in great shape and delivers the action we've come to expect from these kinds of movies. Like Arnie, Van Damme and Chuck Norris; Sly loves the formula of making wafer thin plots with lame one-liners and awesome action. He does not disappoint on this front. It's very predictable as well, not to mention the startling number of conventional characters that appear. For example Stallone is the only intelligent cop, all the rest of the police on the force are complete dummies. The film is also highly clichd and contains an array of quite embarrassing performances. Director George P. Cosmatos teams up with Sly once again to create a very Rambo reminiscent production. If this film was marketed as a Rambo sequel and had battles of a larger scale then you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. It's films like these that got Stallone type-cast. Films as mindless and as entertaining as Cobra are just never released anymore these days. Full of violence, action and gore; in short, if you love action movies then hire this one without hesitation. Lots of fun, but it's not a masterpiece.
- PvtCaboose91, Saturday, May 3, 2008
As silly a cop thriller as you're likely to see. It's difficult to decide who's the most brainless here: the Police Department, who can't tell the difference between a lone serial killer and a gang of psycho bikers, even when Stallone gets into a car chase with, wait for it, TWO other vehicles; the gang leader, who decides the best way to protect his identity is to make ever more high profile and outrageous attacks on the witness who can identify him; or Stallone's maverick cop, who lets said witness fend for herself at the climax while he goes off wasting gang members. This outdoes most Schwarzenegger movies of the period for appalling one-liners, too.
- harrycaul, Sunday, November 25, 2007