Reviewed byTheMarquisDeSuaveVote: 9/10/10
Klaus Kinski commanding an army of topless women? Of course this wasgonna be gold! "Cobra Verde" was the last of the five collaborationsbetween the legendary director Werner Herzog and the infamous madmanactor Kinski. Its doesn't reach the operatic grandeur of either"Aguirre: The Wrath of God" or "Ftizcarraldo", but it does come close.The only thing that keeps this from being a classic is that the maincharacter has a bit less depth than either the protagonists of thepreviously mentioned films. Still, this film will hold you in awe. Noone fashioned amazon epics better than Herzog. The film is also muchmore briskly-paced than his other efforts and contains nice moments ofsurrealism.
What makes this film an absolutely memorable experience is Klaus Kinskihowever. For fans of Kinski, this is him at his most over-the-top andraving. No one played lunatics more convincingly than Kinski, and thisis his most psychotic creation. There are moments when you aren'tconvinced this is acting, and Kinski often seems so tense hes going tojump out of the screen and attack the audience. He was the perfectchoice to play the main character. The film is captivating throughout,and while its not the best collaboration between Herzog and Kinski,fans will eat it up. One of the best epics ever made. (9/10)
Reviewed bybatzi8m1Vote: 9/10/10
Sarcastic humor for fans of the darkside:Surprise surprise. Herzog makes a film about a man consumed by his dreamsand destroyed by the conspiracies of world he lives in. And in a completereversal from his usual light hearted comedy roles, Klaus Kinski protrays amadman getting madder.
If you liked Agirre or Fitzcaraldo, and would have liked a larger castincluding Amazon warrior girls from Africa and National Geo graphic dancingthen by all means see this. Warning: no light hearted romance, cute chimpsor talking to the animals here. Surreal, dark, morality story with greatacting and the best one liner in Herzog's repertoire while watchingamazonian spear dancing (are you listening Joe Bob Briggs?)
Who are these women?They are our future murderesses.
Reviewed byDhaval Vyas (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
'Cobra Verde' is at times a confusing and awkward story about a banditwho finds himself trapped within the slave trade business. What beginsas a story of a feared outlaw turns out to be a story examining Africancultures and the issue of slavery itself. What makes this movie moreinteresting than other American films slavery is that the viewer getsto see the other side of the story; the story told from an Africanviewpoint. International star Klaus Kinski stars a Cobra Verde. He is afeared bandit whom many people fear. When he appears in a small town,all the people runs inside their houses because they are scared todeath of him. Many things are missing from Cobra Verde's past. How didhe become such a feared bandit? The movie does not answer thatquestion. Through a series of odd circumstances, he is eventually putinto the slavery trade business by a group of rich aristocrats. He issent to Africa, where it is hoped he will be killed because of theslave trade conflicts going on there. What happens is th exactopposite. He gains the trust of the African villagers and eventuallytrains an army to kill and enemy foe. All the while the viewers aretreated to an inside look at some African customs, religions,superstitions, and society. A beautifully made film that is a littlemarred by changes in the sequences of the story and many things missingfrom the plot. Nonetheless, this film has one of the most memorable andtouching death scenes I have ever seen. Bravo to Klaus Kinski.
The feared bandit Cobra Verde () is hired by a plantation owner to supervise his slaves. After the owner suspects Cobra Verde of consorting with his young daughters, the owner wishes him gone. Rather than kill him,the owner sends Cobra Verde to Africa. The only white man in the area, Cobra Verde finds himself the victim of torture and humiliation. Later, he trains soldiers in a rebel army. Far from home, Cobra Verde is on the edge of madness.