The Black Cobra 2


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Fred Williamson as Lt. Robert 'Bob' Malone
Nicholas Hammond as Lt. Kevin McCall

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Reviewed by Michael Ledo 1 / 10

Now we do it my way

Robert Malone (Fred Williamson) has apparently left NYC is the first feature for Chicago which is immaterial because he winds up in Manila, with his wallet taken by a guy named Eddie. Along with his Interpol buddy they uncover a spy micro-film ring, Eddie's daughter, and a "Miami Vice" like soundtrack.

The film was straight forward, no twists with minimal action.

Guide: F-word. No nudity.

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 5 / 10

Fred goes to the Philippines

Fred Williamson is back in the sequel to the previous year's Black Cobra, which in itself was a cheap knock-off of the Sylvester Stallone action flick, Cobra (1986). The story this time has Williamson, once again a cop who doesn't play by the rules, who begins the film pursuing a motorbike villain and then blowing him away. He gets shouted at by his angry police chief for this violent detective work and in order to learn the error of his ways…he is sent to the Philippines! A minute after arrival his wallet is stolen, this leads to a terrorist web, somehow.

A cop who doesn't play by the rules, an angry chief, middle eastern terrorists, a disk with things on it, two cops who don't get on then later do get on – this film is essentially a tick list of 80's action movie clichés. The truly random factor is the Philippines, although when you take into account that that country was a haven of low budget film-making between the 60's through to the 80's, it's maybe a little expedient that Fred was sent there. Forget Interpol, Fred was sent to the Philippines for budgetary reasons. Anyway, for what it's worth, I thought this sequel was no worse than the first instalment. It began really quite well but did become progressively more tedious in the second half, in other words the more action they added, the worse it seemed to get. But, overall, it was okay and Fred was admittedly pretty good value.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Action sequel is just as good as the first

Fred Williamson returns in the titular role in this follow up to the derivative, low-budget Italian answer to COBRA. This time around, Chicago cop Malone shoots one too many criminals dead, so he's sent to the Philippines to holiday – except he instead gets involved in a kidnap plot involving a valuable bit of micro film and a gang of international terrorists, all when his wallet is stolen at the airport! BLACK COBRA 2 doesn't have one single film to slavishly follow as did the original film in this series, so it's more open and just as fun, with inspiration coming from all over the place. It's still derivative, low budget and cheesy, but boy is it a lot of fun too!

One of the things I enjoyed about this film was the Filipino setting. All the time I see movies shot in the Philippines where the cheap-to-shoot location is used as a stand-in for a more expensive locale: typically Vietnam, but any one of a dozen Asian countries at times. Not so BLACK COBRA 2. From the very beginning it makes a virtue of being set in the Philippines, so realism is a little stronger than most. Plus, real-life locations like the Manila Gardens Hotel are able to be put to good use, something we don't usually see.

Much of the fun in this film comes from the 50-odd Fred Williamson, still acting and doing the kind of stunts we'd expect from a man twenty years younger, although a stand-in occasionally replaces him here. Williamson is as hard-assed as ever, with lots of wonderful dialogue and a greater number of hand-to-hand combat situations with the bad guys here than in the first film. As an actor he's more relaxed while at the same time putting in more of an effort than he did in the first. This time he teams up with '70s SPIDER-MAN star Nicholas Hammond, and sparks fly as the two work together in LETHAL WEAPON-style buddy/buddy exchanges. I could have done without Emma Hoagland's extended nightclub routine, but the rest of the cast are stock Filipino extras, including a briefly-seen Mike Monty right at the end. Watch out for the little blond boy whose voice is dubbed by an older woman! While the plot is as nonsensical and non-existent as ever, this film seems to have a greater number of action scenes, all of which are extended. We're re-introduced to Williamson as he puffs and pants, chasing a crim through the Chicago streets before blowing apart his helmet's visor in one cool slow-mo shot. After that it's business as usual, with laboured fist-fights (Williamson's "karate" is a real hoot, all posturing and hot air), gun battles and bloody squib shots everywhere.

I really liked the cheesy action in this film, which goes way over the top; watch out for the extreme slow motion shots of Williamson in a couple of instances, which totally cracked me up. The film's ending seems to have been inspired by DIE HARD, which must have been released around the time of this film. It sees our heroes tackling a high-rise building where terrorists are holding schoolchildren (?!) hostage. With Williamson as the cigar-chomping, leather trousers-wearing indestructible hero, this is pure '80s schlock, nothing more, nothing less. Roll on BLACK COBRA 3, the next release in the surprisingly popular series.

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