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      Operation Cobra

      R 1997 1h 22m Action List
      Reviews 27% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings An Interpol officer's quest to avenge his partner's death leads him to India and encounters with assassins. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Over four decades, Don "The Dragon" Wilson won eleven world titles that included the IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and the PKO titles, defeating some of the most famous names in the sport of kickboxing, including Branko Cikatic, James Warring, Dennis Alexio and Maurice Smith. He turned that fame into a career in the kind of direct to video movies that exist in the lower rungs of the action hero world. This isn't a knock on Wilson; I just break action heroes up accordingly and in order: God tier: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone Challenging for God tier: Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Dam VHS — and coincidentally often Cannon Films — stars: Michael Dudikoff, Sho Kosugi, Dolph Lundgren Not exclusively action, yet makes great action: Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Patrick Swayze Asian superstars: Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and his clones And, as always, Charles Bronson. Wilson comes in at the tier of guys trying to break into the upper echelons, like Reb Brown, Brent Huff, Lorenzo Lamas, Ron Marchini, Billy Blanks and…The Dragon. It's interesting that this film combines Bollywood locations and actors with Wilson's kicking style. He plays Interpol agent Kyle Connors, a man who travels the whole way to Istanpol to track down the killer of his partner. The first American film to be made in Indian, this was also released as Operation Cobra and in Telugu as Secret Agent 786. R. Madhavan, who played Ravi, has gone on to be a huge star in seven different languages, which his big breakthrough being the romance movie Alaipayuthey. If you pay attention to the guns in this movie, you'll notice that most of them are wooden or plastic. That's because of India's tight gun control laws. When guns are shot, that effect was made by wiring each gun with miniature explosives. Rick Hill, who is one of the bad guys in this, was also a direct to video action star, appearing in Class of 1999 II: The Substitute, Dune Warriors, The Devastator and as the Deathstalker in Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans. And wow — Jillian Kesner from two of my favorite weirdo karate movies ever — Raw Force and Firecracker — is in this too! Don is pretty much James Bond in this — thanks to The Video Vacuum — with "a kingpin with a wild child daughter who falls for the hero (like On Her Majesty's Secret Service), the hero performing a fake-out assassination (like The Living Daylights), the hero's best friend faking his own death and becoming the main villain (like GoldenEye), and big fight scenes that take place in Indian marketplaces (like Octopussy)." Check out that site — I've learned a lot from reading it. If anything, watch this movie to see Ray, his wife and Gary Graver all have minor roles. And if you don't love this movie after The Dragon finds a snake in his bed, these movies aren't for you. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Caught up in the mood for cheap action thrills, Operation Cobra, released in Australia as Inferno, sounded like potential B-movie fun. Though the film has the style of a cheap martial arts film, a lot of the time it has the genuine spirit of a Bollywood film. Seeing as it is set and filmed in India, the ends up adding an unintentional comic spirit to the film which energises some of the moments a little better. However, it's still only sporadic in quantity and of meandering success. What it does more than anything is simply remind viewers just how minimal the production values in the film are. The fact is that Inferno is not a film with cheap thrills, it is just cheap. And it hits viewers over the head with this notion repeatedly through countless production value issues and a predictably thin story. I can't say I expected any surprises from the story in Inferno, and so when I got so few it was not a disappointment. But I will admit, the fact that the most ridiculously cliche twists were thrown in there caught me off guard. And not in a good way at all. The film in general is just a disappointment. It's not the kind of film which would give anyone high hopes in the first place, but you could at least hope for some decent action. Here, the action is extremely cheap and repetitive while buried heavily beneath an abundance of storytelling with a story lacking in any sort of appeal. The weird thing is that although there is no story in Inferno, there is more of it than action. This is because the script decides to plague the entire experience with an excessive abundance of cheap writing without having any lines that are the appropriate kind of pathetic, ensuring that the unintentional humour of the film is abslutely minimal. There are no characters in the film and not even many archetypes, just a bunch of people who contribute nothing to a story that goes nowhere. And the fact that nobody saw fit to hide all of this beneath a high quantity of action proves real incompetence on behalf of Fred Olen Ray as a director of action films. The film is meant to be a guilty pleasure, and yet he has some ridiculous idea that it should be taken seriously even though the entire experience feels so cheap and familiar to countless other films of superior quality. Ultimately, nobody is going to take this film as seriously as he did. But they won't have much fun either. Whenever the action does actually come in screen, it rests below average. Most of the success is predicated on the fighting skills of Don "The Dragon" Wilson. You can tell he's good at what he does, but the problem is that the film editing and other people he has to fight are both below average. Seeing cast members faking their own deaths or injuries in such a thin manner is pathetic to the extent that it's occasionally funny, but you can tell that Don "The Dragon" Wilson is really making an effort. The fact that nobody else will do the same really drags down the skills that he brings along to Inferno because the production values of the film are not up to the limited standard of effort that he puts in. One scene shows Kyle Connors tied to a chair with ropes that could not actually be more loose, and the fact that Don "The Dragon" Wilson has to pretend that he is having a genuine struggle to get out of is a pathetic challenge for the man. And watching him have to do it is one of the most unintentionally funny yet also pathetic moments in the film. But it is also awkward to watch, and the most picky of viewers may find themselves cringing at it even though it should be expected. Even sex scenes in Inferno are so awkward that there is no guilty sexual appeal that comes from them. A cheap guilty pleasure is a film which needs nudity, but considering that it only happens during prolonged and melodramatic sex scenes pretending to be erotic, there is no actual appeal in any of it. In short, Inferno messes up the action and the nudity which leaves it with nothing to elevate itself beyond its status as a cheap production. The only gimmick inn Inferno which has any value is the presence of accomplished martial artist Don "The Dragon" Wilson. Don "The Dragon" Wilson's leading performance is one of the only mild assets Inferno has to offer. The genuine extent of charisma in Don "The Dragon" Wilson comes up short enough to the point that his wooden performance actually comes off as funny. His confused facial expressions attempting to be intense are matched simply by his lazy soothing around during the dramatic moments of he film, and his line delivery does not even have a hint of emotion in it. Don "The Dragon" Wilson adds unintentional comedic value to Inferno as an actor, and it is better than any value the the other cast members bring along. But more importantly, he is an adequate action hero. The film boasts really low standards and Don "The Dragon" Wilson is forced to work with the aforementioned poor editing and surrounding cast members, but he does prove to have some talented moves. He knows how to throw a good kick and integrate multiple techniques at once. And though he may not get to do it enough in Inferno, the simple fact is that proves his worth as a B-movie action star, even though his genuine performance as an actor is not up tothe same standard. So Inferno may boast the martial arts skills of Don "The Dragon" Wilson, but buried beneath production values too shoddy to capture his talents or transcend the cheap roots of the film as a martial arts B-movie, it ultimately does not have enough value to succeed as a guilty pleasure. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member hahaha what the fuck did i just watch. Its a must watch, its so bad yet so so good! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member 'Operation Cobra' (titled thus because Jackie Chan's Operation Condor came out the same year, and good ol' Roger Corman wanted to capitalize on that success) stars Don the Dragon Wilson as Kyle Conners, an Interpol agent who goes to India to track his partner's killer. Along the way, he gets caught up in international intrigue, and bangs some hot babes too, both Indian and plastic. This is one of Don Wilson's better efforts. I am going to go out on a limb and declare that this movie was just as much fun as 'Blood Fist II' or 'Black Belt.' Don is just Don here. He's terribly wooden as an actor, but what's great here is that the action is in full effect- it seems that every time he turns around, he's either dropkicking somebody or punching them in the stomach. The baddies are played to perfection: Rick Hill is hilarious, and Evan Lurie delivers a fantastic performance as the sidekick- plus, he gets props for having such a sweet ponytail. Speaking of tail, it's the best Wilson has gotten since Maria Ford in 'Black Belt' and 'Ring of Fire' I & II- scoring with not one, but three chicks- a nice little chick at the front desk who shows up in his bed naked, then he gets down with another in a waterfall, and gets some wet t-shirt action from her(Dipti Bhatnagar, Miss India), while Tane McClure is the plastic chick who is also a british agent(with obvious breast enhancements and granny panties). All in all, while it's nowhere near the level of an 'Armor of God II:Operation Condor,' the film has an international feel that is rare for C level movies like this. What blew me away most about this movie was that they felt it warranted a director's commentary. Don't get me wrong, Fred Olen Ray (director of Wilson's 'Capitol Conspiracy') is full of interesting little tidbits of info (this was, apparently, the first American movie filmed completely in India, Don doesn't like to look weak or get hit in movies, etc...). You may like this, you may not. If you're a Wilson fan like me, rent it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An Interpol officer's quest to avenge his partner's death leads him to India and encounters with assassins.
      Director
      Fred Olen Ray
      Producer
      Ashok Amritraj, Andrew Stevens
      Screenwriter
      Sean O'Bannon
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 22m