Cobra Mission (1986)

3.5 out of 5

Cobra Mission succeeds primarily due to the quality of its casting and the enjoyably over the top nature of the writing and plot. Genre vets Christopher Connnelly, Gordon Mitchell, John Steiner, and Donald Pleasance appear in this tale of a group of disenfranchised Vietnam vets who, unable to find a proper place in society after their return home, decide to return to the jungle, in order to rescue those soldiers left behind in the camps.

The overall vibe of Cobra Mission is similar to that of Deodato’s Raiders of Atlantis, also starring Connelly, in that it features tons of action set pieces, bolstered by the cheeky scenery chewing of Connelly, Steiner and company. The flick is also notable for featuring some surprises along the way in terms of the downbeat turn of events which often befall our heroes. Without giving too much away, director Fabrizio DeAngelis should be commended providing Cobra Mission with enough surprises along the way to lift the usually low expectations associated with this sort of film.

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