Cinema: A Man of Few Grunts and No Beeps Cobra

Directed by George P. Cosmatos; Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone

All action movies tend toward the abstract. Once the moviemakers establish a persuasive motive for one set of characters to spend some time and much energy chasing another set of characters around, the truth (or falsity) of these pictures must be looked for in the staging and cutting of the subsequent shoot-outs and chases. In judging those, the brain gratefully surrenders to the viscera. In a sense, these films, so dependent for their success on mastery of movie technique, represent one of cinema's purest forms. And all action movies may aspire to be judged not on the basis of how well...

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