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Plot: Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 28 Feb 1985
This is one that will probably be torn to shreds critically by snobby europeans, and wannabe intellectual movie-goers who just cant get enough of their bullet time, and 200 million dollar epics.This is actually the prequel to the first Missing In Action movie.It tells the story of a forgotten group of P.O.W.'s who are being brutalised by an overbearing colonel who enjoys watching the vet's suffer.As the prisoners numbers dwindle, one James Braddock decides to take charge of the dire situation before its all too late.From the opening to the fiery, action packed finale this film boasts <more>
raw combat and even dares to throw in some emotion.I actually truly cared for the characters as I wanted to see them survive and extract revenge upon their communist enslavers.Truly strange times we live in when one cannot be proud to be an American.I will always be proud and you can go back to your dull German expressionist films.Chuck Norris is the man.I love 80's action!
Although many people will disagree with me, I enjoy watching this movie. While the acting may not be top-notch, the plot and setting give the impression that you are actually a member of a POW camp and must struggle along with Colonel Braddock Chuck Norris to escape. Following Braddock's plight as a prisoner, the death of his comrades, and his final showdown with Colonel Yin Soon Tek Oh , the movie nicely builds up to its climax and leaves the viewer with a sense of finality that many movies tend to lack in their endings. This prequel is definitely the best in the MIA trilogy and I <more>
What makes Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, is not the great supporting cast of Cosie Costa, Professor Toru Tanaka, Steven Williams or Joe Michael Terry: Nor is it the effacious use of props such as "the tree" or Francois' helicopter. Simply put the storyline which was developed by the renowned writer Steven Bing, makes the film a simple test of wills between Colonel Braddock Chuck Norris and Colonel Yin Soon-Teck Oh ! Yin's incessant prodding of Braddock to obtain a confession is very well articulated. Yin's methods of persuasion including the torturing of Opelka, <more>
the kidney punches by Lao, and the overdose of opium given to Franklin are almost as persistent as Braddock's capability to survive them, and yet not give in to Yin's signed statement of "confession". In the end the realistic action sequencing, and excellent auteur directing by Lance Hool, make Missing in Action 2: The Beginning a film to be seen and enjoyed by all fans of great film.
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is his most personal mission of all! (by HarryLags)
When we last left Colonel James Braddock, he was shoving it up Vietnamese butt by barging into their press conference about how they didn't have any POWs in Vietnam with a POW he just rescued. Truly a fairy tale ending, but what about the beginning of the fairy tale? Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is his most personal mission of all! Because it's when he was a POW himself! Which we already saw in sporadic flashbacks in the first movie.Missing in Action 2: The Beginning shows the capture of Colonel Braddock Chuck Norris during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, his captivity with <more>
other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape. Norris and his crew are holed up in a prison camp for the whole picture, ruled by tyrannical Colonel Yin Soon-Tek Oh who resorts to psychological mind games, torture and murder to try to make Braddock sign a statement admitting to war atrocities he never committed.There seems to be no end to the different scenarios and interesting scenes that play out during the film: escape attempts, arranged fights between prisoners, a guy who stumbles onto the prison camp and gets executed. Things really start to pick up when Braddock gets really mad and you see him sneaking here and there, setting bombs, picking off people one by one, freeing people, blowing up stuff, and staying behind after everyone leaves because he doesn't believe Yin really died when he bombed Yin's hut. But Chuck really delivers in the end, especially in his final feel good showdown with Yin. In my opinion, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is the best of the Braddock movies, it's part action film and part action drama, which sets it apart from the other movies.The first time i ever watched this film was in the early 80's in the cinema and it was great, and i still think it's great...
For this film to get a low 4 score is a travesty and probably because of a concerted effort by political leftists to 1 star all Chuck Norris films because he is a Republican. We all know there are groups on IMDb that do this, mostly the leftists because the right wing doesn't think in such activist terms. I mean I have watched some USSR films that are rated here straight high 7 to 9's and actually really are horrible so you know IMDb is populated by a leftist crowd. Having gotten that off of my chest, it has been a long time since I've seen this trilogy but the prequel is the <more>
best. One could say it's a B movie Rambo part 2 and thats fine, it probably is, but it does have differences and that lies in character development. Without giving away any spoilers lets just say that all the characters are way over the top and that if you are an American you will love the Americans here and loathe all the enemies down to the last guard tower guard, but especially the leader. Pleasant surprises, the Aussie journalist and the black American POW collaborator. Chuck shows a full range of emotion as best as he's able and hey thats why I think this is the best Chuck Norris film, I really was blown away by parts of this when I first saw it, and despite it's cheesy low budget feel or maybe because of it I rate it a 9 of 10.
Missing in action 2 is a true gem from the 80s.The film action and the drama in the camp are intense. Yen is the best villain of mid-80s. I recently acquired the new blue ray release and its picture quality is great.
Did we really need a prequel to this series? The answer is yes, we did (by rhyatt1)
This movie has no use for a plot and it makes no apologies about it. The closest the entire film comes to forming a plot is when the words "Geneva Convention" are randomly thrown out by Chuck Norris in the first couple minutes. Luckily Colonel Yin quickly shoots down the idea that the real world has any bearing on the movie's setting and we're off to the races- Jungle style.***there may be spoilers**** The beginning of the movie shows all of the members of Norris' crew being captured and declared Missing In Action hence the title . From that point on the movie is set <more>
ten years later where we find the men still being held hostage and all but forgotten.For some reason the prisoners just don't seem like they have been there ten years though. In the opening prison camp scene one of the prisoners is complaining how he can't sleep and explains that every time he closes his eyes he sees his wife GINA! If he had been there ten years wouldn't he have established at some point that his wife is named Gina? Couldn't he just say "when I close my eyes I see my WIFE!"? Well either way, the story is they've been there ten years so we'll go with that. Why they have been held hostage in a remote Vietnamese torture camp for ten years without being killed makes no sense although there is a faint attempt to explain it for the sake of giving the men a reason to be there, the colonel a reason to torture them, and the film a reason to exist.The reason Norris and his men are being held, you ask? Apparently the Vietnamese colonel is a very prideful man although he's not above sentencing himself to live in a jungle prison camp for ten years in order to monitor it and ensure that nobody escapes and he requires that Norris sign a document stating that the Americans have committed war crimes against the Vietnamese and accept their guilt. The fact that this is the entire reason these men have been held in the camp for TEN YEARS is completely ridiculous. We are to believe that Norris is such a dedicated soldier that he refuses to sign the document even though he could simply sign it, go home, eat a pizza, get some reinforcements, and go back to finish off the remaining Vietnamese and any record of what he signed.Because Norris refuses to sign the document the vengeful, yet oddly patient, Colenel Yin keeps him there and occasionally tortures him now and then for good measure. Apparently Colonel Yin has no problem imprisoning, degrading, and killing human beings, but he draws the line at forging someones signature.The movie does provide some of the best jungle action pre Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator however. There are some good fight scenes with many two and even three hit combos dealt out by Norris. Throughout the movie the Colonel always has the upper hand and uses the line "you lose" every time he foils Norris. With a one liner as great as that there's little doubt that it will be used against him once Norris turns the tables by the end of the movie. And in the jungle Norris doesn't disappoint.By far the best part of the movie is the end when Norris gets his mitts on a cache of Columbian firearms/explosives and comes back to the camp for sweet revenge.And the most hilarious part of the movie is the fact that the only escape from the jungle camp is by crossing a very long wooden bridge over a huge ravine and this wooden bridge is guarded by a guy who's only weapon is a flamethrower. Stop and think about that. Instead of a machine gun, they give the guy guarding the WOODEN bridge a flamethrower to defend himself. So does that mean every time someone tries to escape he shoots at them with the flamethrower, the bridge burns down, and he has to rebuild it the next day to go back to the camp?In the final scene Norris gets his revenge and beats down the colonel like an arcade wizard using cheat codes at the Mortal Kombat machine. Like I said before, the phrase "you lose" is conveniently dropped right before the death blow is administered. What more can you ask for in a movie that gave the entire premise away with the title?
It's not surprising to learn that Chuck Norris made this series as a tribute to his brother who had been killed in Vietnam. He really gave all that he had to these films. It may be manipulative but damn is it ever satisfying. The villains are the kind of loathsome scum whom you JUST CAN'T WAIT to see messed up in a variety of ways. And the good guys are fleshed out enough as characters that you do feel bad for them, and want to see them get their revenge.As one can guess, this is a prequel to the original "Missing in Action" film of 1984. It shows how Chucks' colonel <more>
character, James Braddock, was shot down and captured during the war, and the tortures that he and his men are obliged to endure for the next several years, even after the war has basically ended. The sadistic colonel in charge of his work camp, Colonel Yin Soon-Tek Oh acts like a dictator, and just when you think you can't hate this guy any more, he ups the stakes yet again.With Lance Hool taking the directors' reins, this proves to be a high old time for the action junkie, underscored by the genuine poignancy to be found in stories about prisoners of war. This is exciting much of the time, with kick ass battle footage, lots of explosions, lots of gunfire, and some breathtaking scenery. Chuck is a formidable hero as always, and Oh is a deliciously evil bad guy. Lending strong support are Cosie Costa, Joe Michael Terry, and especially John Wesley as the ailing Franklin. Steven Williams is good in an initially unlikable part as a captain eager to cooperate with his captors in exchange for better treatment. It's also cool to see hulking screen heavy Professor Toru Tanaka and "Ninja III: The Domination" villain David Chung as two of the guards.All in all, this is solid entertainment, complete with a high body count and never ever boring.Eight out of 10.
Death camp - with action, drama and war substance in a Chuck Norris style my personal favorite (by NightmareOnElmStreetFan)
Another Chuck Norris classic flick Missing in Action 2: The Beginning one of Chuck Norris's best movies and really good action movies. Missing in Action 1 and 2 are really good movies, this is one of my favorites of Chuck Norris and Vietnam war flicks that come out in the 80's. Yes I am a huge Rambo fan I love First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II to death. This movie is not a copycat of the first two Rambo movies it is different from the Rambo movies. My favorite is still Missing in Action the original film of the MIA trilogy, this is my second favorite of MIA trilogy.Come out <more>
the same year as Rambo: First Blood Part II and Commando were released and it is a good decent brutal death camp action war flick in a Chuck Norris style. This was really my first Chuck Norris movie I saw as a kid and the first one in the MIA trilogy. I rent this movie in a video store and I rent it a VHS tape that time. I saw the cover of the film and I like it. I love this film to death it is still one of my personal favorite Chuck Norris films.This film was filmed back to back with the original Missing in Action and was originally intended to be the first film of the two but Cannon switched the titles cause they thought the sequel Missing in Action would be more successfully movie, than this movie the prequel they were right. I love Lance Hool he directed great this movie, he is a good director I miss him. He also directed Steel Dawn with Patrick Swayze 2 years later. I love the cast in this movie: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, Bennett Ohta, Cosie Costa, Joe Michael Terry, Christopher, Cary, John Wesley, David Chung and Professor Toru Tanaka. This was always my favorite action war film of the Vietnam flicks beside First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II, Missing in Action I and II belongs right there with the Rambo movies.Chuck Norris returns as Colonel James Braddock in this intense, action packed prequel to the original hit . Captured during a daring mid-air rescue operation, Braddock and his men are imprisoned by the insane Colonel Yin, who stops at nothing to break their spirits. For Braddock, the choice is clear. With fists, high explosives and shear courage, he becomes one man army!Soon-Tek Oh was a good, fantastic as sadistic psychopath villain Colonel Yin who was leading Death Camp in North Vietnam while he was smuggling opium. He was also in Steel Justice 1987 playing another Vietnamese main villain. Chuck Norris as Colonel James Braddock is the best hero ever! I love his performance and he was a real hero. Cosie Costa as Mazilli was really good actor and I love his performance in this movie. Joe Michael Terry was great as Opelka one of Braddock's men. Professor Toru Tanaka reunites with Chuck Norris for this sequel I love it, previously he played with Chuck Norris in An Eye for an Eye.I love the brutality in the film in which Chuck Norris bites the rat. I love the dialogue in the movie "You Lose!" Watch the showdown between Braddock and Yin on the end of the movie, you see a martial art demonstration and excellent fight. In reality Chuck Norris would have killed Soon-Tek Oh the fight was for real and realistic, tough it was only performed. There are real explosions, practical effects you see Chuck Norris using a flamethrower firing flammable fire at the Vietnamese guards, destroying the bridge. Real automatic weapons are used in the movie and that well.This is my favorite action war prison camp Vietnam flick alongside with First Blood, Rambo First Blood Part II and Commando the film is rated R and they are practical effects for real. It is a decent action prequel and one of Chuck Norris best movies from the 80's.