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A disengaged Sylvester Stallone plays the titular Cobra with no bite in this leaden action thriller, queasily fixated on wanton carnage and nothing else. Read critic reviews

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Los Angeles policeman Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself at the center of a spate of murders carried out by a secret society called New Order: killers who select "weak" members of society for extermination. As the murder rate rises, Cobra takes model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) into protective custody after she witnesses New Order's leader in action. As Cobra falls for Ingrid, they find shelter in a small town, but must soon fight for survival.

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Sylvester Stallone
Lieutenant Marion "Cobra" Cobretti
Reni Santoni
Sergeant Gonzales
Andrew Robinson
Detective Monte
Art La Fleur
Captain Sears
Val Avery
Chief Halliwell
Brian Thompson
Night Slasher
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Critic Reviews for Cobra

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  • The movie is such a textbook example of an exploitation cop movie that you can outline it like a schoolboy for easy reference...

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Cobra is a sleek, extremely violent and exciting police thriller.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's fast-paced and full of gaudy action, yet it's thoroughly unsatisfying, largely because it's so lazy.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The body count is only somewhere in the high eighties -- and most of these are simply gunned down with a deplorable lack of invention.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Cobra is the dumbest, most indulgent possible iteration of the "America has become a cesspool of crime" subgenre popularized by Death Wish and executed with an actual brain by RoboCop.

    February 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • May 10, 2018
    It's hard to find a single aspect of Cobra that hadn't been done before, or hasn't been done better since. It's hoakey and way too self-serious given the content. But if you're hankering for some of that Sly action of yore, you shouldn't go past Cobra... Unless its for any number of the nearly-identical-but-better movies he did in the same era.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2015
    This is a typical Stallone film (The hero In a typical 80's action film cops chase bad guys and save the girl) Stallone is the right man for this film, Full of cheese, Some ok action scenes and a very entertaining car chase, Ok the acting wasn't great but who cares it's just another action film from the 80's starring Stallone so you know what you're going to get.
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  • Aug 28, 2013
    Cobra has had the reputation of being a Dirty Harry rip-off, and in many ways it is. However, this is still an entertaining action movie that doesn't deserve the flack it received. I agree that the movie is imperfect and it does look dated, but nonetheless it is a fun movie. Director George P. Cosmatos, who is most famous for directing Rambo First Blood Part II and Tombstone, directs, and he knows how to make effective mindless movies that are fun. I really enjoyed this film, and though it's a clichéd affair, it's quite good in its own right. If you love 1980's action films that are low budget, this is a perfect film to enjoy. The performances are decent at best, but the action is what keeps you involved. The plot does suffer, but what do you expect from a low budget action feature? This is meant to be a popcorn flick, nothing more, and it succeeds at it very well. There were better films than Cobra during the 80's, especially the bigger productions such as Die Hard, but if you enjoy these films, then give it a shot. I found Cobra to be a flawed film with an average script, but it delivered in its action content, and if you're an action film fan, that's all that matters. I thought that Sylvester Stallone's performance was pretty good considering that this is such an overlooked film. He has had better roles, but in Cobra he's perfect for the part and it's hard to imagine someone else in the role. Like I said, this is a good movie that is flawed, but it more than makes up for the lacking material with its tense action. The film is cheesy at times, but it's what makes it all enjoyable.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2013
    This was a very good action film. Stallone is perfect in the starring role, the other actors do a fantastic job. The story may be a tiny bit confusing, but it's not bad. Really makes you hate the bad guys, and cheer on Stallone. The action is the best part. I really liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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