As Casey Broadwater noted in his review of that region-free disc, some mild brightness flickering is present in a couple of scenes. Highly explosive action and high speed combat with everything from guns, grenades, bombs, and of course, Karate and Tae Kwon Do style martial arts. You can have Stallone, Arnold, and all those other 'action hero's. Cinematographer João Fernandes's Metrocolor as seen on Shout! The ongoing issue of missing servicemen was becoming such a hot topic around Hollywood that another script also titled Missing in Action was about to go in production at the Cannon Group. Screenwriter James Bruner gives lots of detailed pre-production anecdotes about the competing screenplays in a new interview on this disc. Plus, he's now over sixty years old, and I mean look at him. An impatient Braddock dresses himself in black and breaks into Tran's bedroom where he holds a dagger to his old foe's neck demanding answers.
Those beautiful gasoline fueled orange wave explosions are my favorite type of explosions. Norris later dedicated these films to his younger brother Wieland. He then schemes to free some American soldiers still held prisoners in a far prison camp into Vietnam. For example, Howard Wornom Jr. But once Braddock heads for the seedy streets of Thailand, the story drops her. As long as he's there , Braddock decides to head Thailand where is pursued by a former enemy who tortured him in the concentration camp where he was prisoner.
The first act meanders along too slowly. He's helped by a gunrunner friend M. It's a predictable , shallow and brainless film , though it will appeal to Chuck Norris enthusiasts because of it contains some excellent action sequences when Braddock shoots with his machine gun or scenes about bounds and leaps aboard a motorboat. . A series of mysterious murders in a hive city pique the interest of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. Kotcheff's follow-up to First Blood 1982 also starred Robert Stack, Fred Ward, and Patrick Swayze.
Chuck stated that he made this picture as a memorial honor of his younger brother who was a war casualty in the long Vietnam conflict. Chuck Norris stars as a well-skilled U. Thinking it has to be some complex reason or the story was more compelling. Now this one-man army is prepared to blast his way into Vietnam. It feels like these explosions were designed just for me! And by the look of it, you would never tell this was his first time at all.
This series helped establish Chuck Norris as not only one of the premier action heroes of the 80s, but the legendary mythical badass that we all know and love. I actually go back and forth on which one I like more, this one or part 3. Zito's sense of cinematic space and direction of action scenes isn't as focalized as the horror and terror is in The Final Chapter. Emmet Walsh , Braddock amasses top secret information and state-of-the-art weaponry. Nevertheless, when ¨Cannon¨ realized this film was the better of the two , they re-titled them and made the other film a prequel. Truth be told, I feel no director who worked for shot explosions better than Aaron Norris. No, this is not a joke.
Braddock obtains the evidence then travels to Thailand, where he meets Tuck, an old Army friend turned black market kingpin. Additionally, there are a few light scratches visible on the bleak skies of daytime Vietnam and Bangkok. An everlasting testament to the awesomeness that is Chuck Norris. Archived from on June 7, 2011. Judging from Zito's remarks, one would assume that he shot Missing in Action recently as his recollections sound fresh.
In the three movies there are some nasty , ominous villains well played by Asian players : James Hong , Soon Teck Oh , and Aki Aelong , who bear offensive racial stereotypes. The film however was a huge success and Norris became Cannon's most prominent star of the 1980s. That has to be the case as something has been lost in translation from script to screen. As the American delegates deplane, they are greeted by Gen. The film was followed by a , 1985 , and a , 1988. There are some lines spoken in Vietnamese and Shout! And this movie is riddled with them! Wieland, a private in the , had been killed in June 1970 in Vietnam while on patrol in the defense of. Braddock on a platform assuming control of the operation.
Missing in Action's narrative thread pulls away at the seams. After the bloodiest war, Braddock accompanies a government investigation team that goes to Ho Chi Minh City to check out reports of Americans still held prisoner. The film, however, was criticized heavily as being a preemptive cash-in on the film series. It seems that Zito took the original material and whittled it down to a series of vignettes that don't gel or come together well. In my opinion, this one has the best directed action sequences out of the entire trilogy. The motion picture will appeal to Chuck Norris fans. Not as good as his next action movies and Red Scorpion where he finally learns how to shoot explosions just right , but he does ok here.