“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1985 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Lance Hool / Actors: Chuck Norris, Soon-Teck Oh, Steven Williams ... / DVD released 2006-08-07 at MGM Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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For those that have seen the amazing and explosive first film, Missing In Action Part 2: The Beginning is a must see. In the first film we see Chuck Norris escape from his prisoner of war camp deep in Vietnam in the mid 80's. Yes, there were many POW's unaccounted fro almost ten years after the war had ended. Norris was sent back to 'Nam as part of a special diplomatic envoy, but went AWOL to set the remaining prisoners free. In this film is goes back in time to 'Nam before the first film and shows Norris and his men's incarceration in a brutal war camp.
Norris and his men are brutally tortured throughout the film by their evil captors, in one scene Norris is strung up by his legs with a sack tied to his head. Inside the sack is a rat. As the bag turns blood red, it starts to look bad for Norris, but as the hood is taken off, it shows Norris has bitten the rat to death. Fantastic!
It's a much smaller film than the previous outing, but is equal in its tension and sense of injustice. People will dismiss this film immediately just because Chuck Norris is in it, just like they would dismiss the films of Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. Those people really need to watch this film though, because it shows how underrated he is as an actor. Norris' grief as his comrades are torn to bits by the evil Vietnamese enemy are well done as well.
The final twenty minutes are quite brutal, as Norris takes apart the camp and the vile regime that he and his American chums are kept in. I won't give away the ending, but its explosive and roundhouse kickingly great!
I highly recommend watching the first and second film together, however, the two films do not tally in their depiction of the camps that Chuck escapes from - does anyone have any ideas to why this is?