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. (2 and a half out of 5)

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