1986 / 87m - USA
Cobra poster


November 22, 2022


Quite a bit better than expected. Maybe it's because this is one of the films that shows the influence of daddy George on the work of Panos Cosmatos, but for once I was actually able to stomach that archetypal 80s cheese. No doubt because everything is just a little extra here. It's still not a great film, but at its best, it was pretty damn fun and entertaining.

Cobra is a renegade cop. He gets the job done, but in his wake, he leaves a trail of death and destruction. For his next job, he needs to protect a young woman from a serial killer. What Cobra doesn't know is that he is up against an entire secret society that is out to uproot civilization as we know it. Nothing is too much of a challenge for Cobra though.

Cosmatos sticks nicely to the template of the 80s action flick. There's a bit of neon, motorbike gangs, cheesy oneliners, a metal factory, exploding cars, and whatnot. It's just that everything is just a bit more stylish and in-your-face compared to similar films of its time. It's certainly not a timeless classic, but if you want a bit of exaggerated 80s kitsch, you can't go wrong with this one.