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Black Cobra (2012/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Film: C+



Sizwe Biko (T.J. Storm) is on a mission to save his father must travel to America to sell the family diamonds, but unfortunately for him, what was to be a simple deal goes south when he is double-crossed by his contact.  Now he must fight the local yakuza to win back both his diamonds and his money in Black Cobra.


Sizwe is a champion martial artist from South Africa that is a desperate need for money. He travels all the way to LA to meet his cousin to hook up with his contact.  While the local yakuza boss is a man of his word and delivers the money, his so call underlings do not follow such values.  Soon after the transaction, Sizwe finds himself mugged and penniless.  The Yakuza's son wants the money to take over the 'family' business, his contact wants the money to start his own movie, and on top of everything Sizwe fiancée flies into town to find out what Sizwe is doing. 


This movie was like gigantic cliché martial arts fest movie thrown together, a man needs money to save family/friends and must fight greedy gang lords to get back the money that was stolen from him.  Two directors likely did not help and it was also like an early Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan film, of a hero/underdog character, good, naive and easily tricked by others, but he has incredible fighting skills.  He starts small thugs and works his way to final boss.  It is basically a martial arts movie with American pop get to lingo, but does not help launch Storm as a star.  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa also stars.


The HD shoot is soft here, but lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has some nice surround moments.   Extras include deleted scenes, alternate ending, bloopers and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


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