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½ May 13, 2017
Another fun little action movie with Chuck. It's actually better than the first, not surprisingly, considering it was made first...
February 28, 2017
Colonel Braddock is back but in the prequel before his capture.. He helps an American unit out of trouble. However they end up POWs and deal with a sadistic NVA commander. Full of action and neat weaponry..
½ October 14, 2016
Missing in Action 2 : The Beginning 1985. I would argue this one is slightly better than the first due to the entirety of the film being set in the Vietnam jungle and a solid villain. Think this is the first time they use Norris sporting a tash and dropping the beard to portray his younger self which is then used in every film that depicts a younger Norris in a flash back.
April 11, 2016
I feel this prequel was better slightly than the 1st movie. Although from the trivia this movie was made first before the MIA. Beginning we see how Chuck Norris and his 4 other soldiers (Steven Williams, Cosie Costa, Joe Michael Terry & John Wesley) board a chopper to escape but is gun down. They end up in a secret POW camp govern by crazy Colonel Soon-Teck Oh, who so insist Chuck confess to his crimes and doesn't treat them all as POW but common criminals. Steven has already defect to the baddies side and can't persuade Chuck to confess. Every occasion Soon will torture random POW. One day they hear helicopter and thought it is America cavalry but end up it is a French businessman dealing opium with Soon. He bring along prostitutes and ammo for him. During this time, Joe manage to escape into the jungle. But Soon predict he will die out there. An Australian secretly take photos of the site and is caught. He tell Soon he is part of a team to find POW camp and if he didn't report back, his position will reveal and troops will come. Soon is almost tricked. Turns out he is just alone and nosey trying to find POW sites. The French return and he expose the Australian as a fake. Soon execute him. John is sick with malaria and fainted. Chuck is not going to let him die and so confess to the crime and exchange for antidote. After he sign the confession, Soon let them in a luxury room. But John didn't get well as it is opium overdose. Soon put him on fire. Cosie is isolated in the hole. Next morning, Chuck pretend to die from hanging himself. The guard come in and he twist the guard neck and escape. Soon take the chopper to search but to no avail. Chuck return to the site to take weapons. The prisoner Bennett Ohta who is Captain distract the soldiers for Chuck to do his work. Chuck burns the 2 guards and the link bridge. He return to save Cosie and they manage to escape far. Cosie use the ropes the Australian left to repel down the waterfall. Chuck continues to fight and hide his escape. Soon is not happy and wanted to kill Steven, but he says he knows how Chuck is gonna operate. While hiding, Joe reunite with Chuck. Turns out he survive after escaping. The deputy pretend to kill Soon to lure Chuck out but they know he is a fake from the boots. Chuck open the cell hatch but the prisoners are not inside. It is full of soldiers and Chuck throw a grenade to blow them all dead. Cosie is capture. Steven pretend to want to kill him but shoot the rest instead. Himself is shot dead. Then Chuck and Joe begin attack and rescue the others. They surround Soon in his hut and blow it up. Cosie take the chopper and fly the rest away. Soon got out of a basement hatch unharmed. Chuck stay back knowing his trick. They fight hand combat and Soon is defeated. Chuck leaves and then detonate the timer and blow the hut up. All of them leave by the chopper.
March 4, 2016
This sequel/prequel, was actually filmed first and it's predecessor was shot back to back with this.
This follows Braddock (Norris) as he's captured during a rescue mission in Vietnam in 1972, before moving quickly on 10 years later, it's now 1982 & Braddock & his men are still M.I.A.
The plot dips significantly in quality, the direction is sloppy and the performances are terrible. The highlight sadly is the cruelty Braddock & his men are put through.
The film features decent performances from Norris & Soon-Tech Oh, but the rest are just horrible. The film is enjoyable though & although its predecessor is the better film this is my favourite of the series.
March 18, 2015
A step up from the previous film.
½ November 28, 2014
Ten years before freeing American POWs in Vietnam, Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) was held in a North Vietnamese POW camp himself run by the sadistic Colonel Yin (Soon-Teck Oh), who forces the prisoners to grow opium for a French drug runner, and tries to get Braddock to sign a long list of war crimes he has supposedly committed. During his team's time in captivity, they are relentlessly subjected to various forms of humiliating torture, and Braddock is being told that his wife has left him and remarried. Braddock must escape and rescue his fellow prisoners from Yin before they all perish...

"Missing in Action 2: The Beginning" (1985) was filmed back to back with "Missing in Action" (1984), and was supposed to be released first. However, when the producers realised the second film was the better of the two, they released it first and called it "Missing in Action 2: The Beginning" a prequel. This is of course a B-movie actioneer as the first one, but here we actually deal with the hardship of POW captives and the atrocities they suffer while in the camp during most of the running time, before Chuck falls into his classic action hero role and saves the day. Chuck is not as wooden as he normally is until he breaks out of the camp, which is a relief to see. This is an 80s no brainer action movie and you get exactly what you expect to get.
½ September 10, 2014
great story just boring conflict and lines
June 28, 2014
A hugely forgettable post Vietnam war prisoner action movie from Cannon that sits in the shadow of the much more effective Rambo: first blood 2. Overall there's very little to actually enjoy here as we've seen all this has to offer before only done much better, while Chuck isn't as totally badass as he usually is, and the writing is poor at best. It's not an awful watch, but hardly worth tracking down, or paying more than a few buttons for the privilege.
½ June 22, 2014
As it was the sequel to one of Chuck Norris' most defining films even though it was a parody of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning was definitely worth seeing.

The thing that made Missing in Action good was the fact that it was a relentlessly patriotic action film which was very over the top in an attempt to capitalise on the success of Rambo: First Blood Part II, but Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is not of the same calibre. The film is about characters stuck in an illegal POW camp dealing with the drama of being forced to stay there. It's more of a prsion film than an action one, and nobody looks at a film like Missing in Action 2: The Beginning and says "I want to see the film for its dramatic virtues". Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is a film where viewers would want action, and the word action is even in the tit;le. But the quantity of it is just insufficient. Aside from about 10 seconds worth of gunshots at the start of the film, there are actually no real action sequences in the film until an hour into the running time, and by that point it is likely that viewers have decided that the film is a bad one. Missing in Action was bad in parts, but the action scenes and the fact that it was such a patriotic Chuck Norris film is the thing that made it entertaining enough. With Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, its doesn't even seem like the filmmakers were really trying. All they had to do was stage a lot of explosions and guns blazing, but instead they attempted to make Missing in Action 2: The Beginning a deep film. In case director Lance Hool didn't realise it, Missing in Action was a shallow action film which took ideas from Rambo: First Blood Part II and made itself all about the action. Maybe if Missing in Action 2: The Beginning was released before Missing in Action like originally intended it could have been better because then the film could have built its own legacy as a Chuck Norris drama. But since the expectation is a lot of action, viewers should set themselves up to be disappointed by Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. There is little action, and what there actually is proves to be awful. Aside from the fact that it has next to none of the iconic traits of action from a Chuck Norris film, it is just packed with lame stunts and a distinct lack of any fun. That is the real problem with Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. It has no fun whatsoever, and is just boring as hell because it attempts to be a drama which it never had a chance of succeeding as and because it all feels so artificial.
In one scene where a character gets shot through the side of the head in slow motion you can actually see how pathetically fake it all is, and in most of the physical confrontation scenes you can see lame movements poorly disguised as acts of violence with lacklustre editing and terrible acting. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is an example of essentially nothing but wasted potential, with one example being the fact that the scenery is great. Everything in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning has the appropriate look to actually seem like a Vietnam war prison film, but it ends up being too focused on the cheaper elements which actually do nothing for the film whatsoever, and so the colour of the film ends up driving itself into being nothing but a dull visual experience.
And Chuck Norris actually receives way too little screen time for him to be credited as the lead in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. I mean, the film shows so many characters in the POW without any of them being all that compelling. It is hard even to give a crap about Chuck Norris' character, and when that is a problem you know that a film is bad. In Missing in Action, you see Chuck Norris going guns blazing into the Vietnamese forests to rescue POW's in a perfectly hollow story of patriotism and "America being the heroes against the corrupt Charlies". In Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, you have to deal with nothing but him whining about being stuck in a camp for the entire film, and it is hard to feel any sympathy for him because caring about him is just not worth it at all. Chuck Norris does not put up much of a fight at all in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, and when he does it rarely rises above being tedious at best. The entertainment value in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning was seriously lacking, below any kind of standard you may have expected. Chuck Norris fans are likely to be disappointed with Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, particularly after the low bar set up by Missing in Action which was still too high for director Lance Hool to reach. I do not actually understand how though because all he had to do was create some good action scenes and get on with his day, but he was too caught up attempting to make it a serious drama film that he forgot he was filming a Chuck Norris movie. Audiences didn't forget it, and they have to suffer through it for 100 minutes of wasted time.

So Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is a boring film which takes the name of Chuck Norris and completely fails to pay it back with enough action whatsoever or any that is of good quality, and it instead spends more time dominated by poor acting, weak plotting and generic melodrama instead of the fun action scenes which made its predecessor entertaining and therefore fails to live up to the name of a blatant rip-off of the second film in the Rambo series.
May 27, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that chuck norris, soon teck oh (from the brilliant tv series hawaii 5-0), cosie costa, steven williams (From the brilliant tv series The X-Files), david chung, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this action/adventure/thriller movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......its got good fight scenes throughout this movie......i think that this is a good sequel/prequel movie 2 watch.....i am not sure which is the best 1 as i really enjoyed both missing in action movies as they are really enjoyable movies 2 watch.........its got good fight scenes throughout this movie.......i think that the gun shoot outs were really good throughout this movie.......i think that this is such an enjoyable action movie 2 watch......i think that chuck norris was great throughout this movie.......i think that the gun shoot outs were really good throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie.......i think that steven williams was great throughout this movie.......i think that this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch its got good fight scenes throughout this movie......i think that this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie.......
February 8, 2014
A very good movie just as good as the original. It shows more of a war point of view of things rather than straight up action but it's still great. The characters are shown in very good acting and the martial arts are outstanding a great film.
Super Reviewer
December 15, 2013
Well if that title doesn't tell you all you need to know I don't know what will. Both of these films were filmed at the same time, back to back, but for some odd reason the powers that be decided to release the sequel first then this film as a sequel prequel. Why exactly I don't know as it makes no sense whatsoever, I don't think there were any issues so why muddle things is a mystery.

This film simply tales the tale of how 'Braddock' got captured and held captive in Nam before breaking out and getting to the point we see him in 'Missing In Action'. Its all very straight forward and like the other film, very by the numbers step by step action flick fluff.

Mind you this film is slightly more adult than the first film. Most of the plot takes part within the POW camp and shows us some mildly nasty stuff. The odd bit of torture, beatings, mock executions, real executions, torment, getting burned alive with flame throwers etc...it is a bit harrowing in a semi-harrowing kind of way. Nothing that will make you lose sleep, its not a dramatic epic true to life event flick, but its based on the reality of real Nam POW camps and does offer a touch of emotion.

The evil sadistic POW camp leader is nicely portrayed by Soon Tek-Oh. Much like Drago in 'Delta Force 2' this film is saved by his smooth villainous ways, his almost charming tone of speech, wry smile and merciless manner. His henchmen soldiers are all your standard Vietnam war types if I can say that, they just appear very stereotypical to look at I guess. Same can be said for Chuck's boys, militant and loud mouthed yanks with blonde hair, blue eyes and the token black guy (who dies). As for Norris...well its business as usual with the headband, Uzi and his lumberjack looks. He says little and acts badly while doing it, but we don't ask that of Norris do we, we just want him to grunt stare and kill bad guys tamely.

The film looks better than the first that's for sure but I'm starting to get bored of bamboo huts within green South East Asian jungles. Still we are given some more explosions, bigger ones this time and a more interesting array of deaths for various military personnel good and bad. Its still fun as we see Chuck wear down the evil Colonel and survive his torture tricks. It is more realistic than the previous film but overall it does also feel a bit of an excuse just to see Chuck take out an entire camp of bad guys...again.

Still its on par with the original film in my opinion, the more adult approach is welcome adding some tension, the corniness of the first film has been cut back. Its also funny and hackneyed that when this film was made it was common practice that the goodie black guys all get killed off whilst most of the blue eyed white guys survive to fight another day, old movie cliches huh.
October 26, 2013
Surprisingly, this 2nd effort is better than the first Missing In Action by tenfold. Feeling more like a sequel to Rambo 2 than anything, it's premise is simple but compared to the first, at least there is some action. Norris as an action star is interesting as he is completely devoid of charisma, comedy or even defining characteristics. Still unsure as to what is considered the "best" Norris film of his career. Slim pickings.
September 5, 2013
Chuck Norrista ei vuosien henkinen kidutus ja fyysinen kurjuus nujerra (tai edes fyysisesti heikennä)!
August 17, 2013
8/15/2013: Meh. Chuck Norris is a badass, but I like the Rambo movies much more. Very poor dialogue.
January 10, 2013
It's nice that the sequel didn't just try to rehash the "Rambo" action of "Missing in Action", but it does rehash most if not all of the prison camp cliches. It's an enjoyable if not particularly memorable action film.
November 25, 2012
Excellente suite/préquel.
½ October 27, 2012
Chuck Norris at his peak, proven with the great rat in a bag trick. Top rank prequel that has the Golan-Globus fingerprints all over it.
September 24, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

(1985) Missing In Action 2: The Beginning

Second viewing and quite unbearable if it wasn't for the final fight and the reason is the acting by some of it's actors give cringing performances with plenty of ridiculous moments. Some Vietnamese who used to serve in the army even made claims that it's nothing more than a propoganda movie to showcase audiences that they are some of the worst torturers as opposed to the downside of the U.S. flat out denying their existence. Supposed to be a prequel of the first movie made in 1984 centering almost 90% of the movie on the torture tactics inflicted by the Vietamese army as a sadist. The only memorable action scene throughout is the final fight with the leader of the camp.

2 out of 4
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