Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

“You men are not prisoners of war… you are common criminals! ” – Colonel Yin

Number of Times Seen – A few times (Cable in the 80’s, 5 Feb 2002 and 15 Sep 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Braddock and his men are kept in a POW camp long after the war has ended and they need to find ways to survive in this very hostile environment.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall loving as a kid, but upon rewatching it, it clearly isn’t very good.

They do an intriguing job showing the various ways that the captors could torture the prisoners in both physical and psychological ways.

The characters all feel a bit too stereotypical and superficial and that hurts things a bit.

The action scenes are VERY 80’s and they help to make things look as if Chuck Norris is an even better actor than he really is.

This film had so much more potential, but it seems as if the squandered the opportunity to making something more profound and powerful and instead give us far less than mediocre in the way it all plays out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which Braddock is tortured by having a rat tied to his neck was originally to be filmed with a fake animal, but the prop didn’t turn up on the set. Chuck Norris claims he instructed the filmmakers to kill a real rat, then held it in his mouth while he thrashed around. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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