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Cobra (George P. Cosmatos, 1986, USA/Israel)

Cobra , though often maligned, is a quintessential 80s action film. Made at the peak of Sylvester Stallone's career, the film betrays the actor's out-of-control ego.  Largely based  on Stallone's unrealized original screenplay for the  film   Beverly Hills Cop ,  Cobra  tells the story of Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, an LAPD cop  who  is  sent  to deal with the worst of LA. A serial killer, or as it turns out, a   group of serial killers, clearly inspired by Richard Ramirez (this killer is even called the "Night Slasher"), is on the loose. As it turns out, this killer or group of killers are part of a larger social Darwinist cult looking to bring in a New World Order. From the film's opening scene,  Cobra  is drenched  in style. George P. Cosmatos is a talented director, and he brings a very artful style to what - on the other hand - could be treated in a pedestrian way.  This  is evident from the film's opening hostage scene at the supermarket,

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