"Cobra", is an ultra-violent cop thriller, directed by George P. Cosmatos, the hot action director of Stallone's explosive blockbuster "Rambo: First Blood Part II". Stallone plays Marion Cobretti, a match chewing supercop who takes on cases that make other dectectives squirm. Cobretti is unsympathetic when it comes to serial killers & psychos. His most memorable words are spoken, in the film's violent opening sequence, when he confronts the supermarket killer (Marco Rodríguez), "You're the disease. I'm the cure." The screenplay was also written by Sylvester Stallone.
The Cobretti character is Stallone's version of "Dirty Harry". Andrew Robinson who played the villain (Scorpio) in the original "Dirty Harry" also makes an appearance in this one. He plays Detective Monte, an unlikeable cop, who has conflicting views with Cobretti. It is nice to see Stallone punch him out in the final scene.
The plot sees Stallone on the trail of a vicious serial killer, who looks like a psychotic version of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is played by Brian Thompson & is referred to in the film as the "Night Slasher". Stallone's wife at the time, Brigitte Nielsen, model turned actress, co-stars as Ingrid, a witness Cobretti has to protect from the "Night Slasher". Amidst all the mayhem, director Cosmatos, even finds time to include an MTV-style music montage showcasing Nielsen's modelling experience.
A hi-octane, shoot-em-up ending, sees the "Night Slasher" & his gang arrive at a town in search of Stallone & Nielsen who are hiding out in a motel room. Gunfire & blood shed ensue as they escape in a pick up truck. Nielsen drives while Stallone stands in the back & guns down the crazed bikers. An action sequence that would make Johnny Rambo proud. The finale takes place in a darkened warehouse, where Stallone battles with the "Night Slasher" in a one on one confrontation. The gruesome ending sees the villain impaled on a hook, before being sent into an incinerator. In the final frame Stallone & Nielsen ride off into the sunset, no, not on their horses, on his motorbike that is.
It is rumoured that Stallone was the first choice to play the lead in 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop", the film that gave comedian Eddie Murphy his most famous on-screen role. After the success of "Beverly Hill Cop", realising that he had made a mistake, Stallone decided to make his own cop film & the result was "Cobra". Although not as successful & criticised for its extreme violence "Cobra" is sure to please Stallone fans. It grossed around $50 million at the US Box office in its time. It has also become a popular title on video rental shelves & on the late night cable TV circuit.