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Review by Earl Cressey | posted July 22, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Originally released in 1984, Missing in Action stars Chuck Norris as Special Forces Colonel James Braddock, who undertakes a mission in Vietnam to rescue Americans he believes are still held captive there. Braddock, himself captured in Vietnam and listed MIA for seven years, has recurring nightmares about the war, and since his escape, he has become an outspoken proponent of the theory that there are still American soldiers being held captive in Vietnam at camps other than the one he escaped from. The American Delegation, sent by the president to Vietnam to talk with their officials about POW camps, has asked for Braddock's participation and he reluctantly agrees, with an agenda of his own. Upon arriving in Vietnam, Braddock is accused of war crimes by General Trau (James Hong). Later that night, Braddock sneaks in Trau's room, and manages to convince him, at threat of death, to give up the location of a secret POW camp, which he does. Braddock then tracks down his old war buddy Tucker (M. Emmet Walsh), who helps him acquire a heavily armed and armored stealth boat, guns, and loads of ammo. Fully armed, they then set off to the jungles of Saigon to locate the hidden POW camp and rescue the American soldiers. I found Missing in Action to be fairly enjoyable with great action sequences and a pretty good plot. However, only Braddock's character is developed at all; the other characters make an appearance to move the story along, and then disappear. Picture:
Missing in Action is presented in 1.85 non-anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 full frame. The film has an intentional drab and gritty look to it and does exhibit some grain and shimmer. The black level is not quite right, as several scenes at night look more gray than black. However, for the most part, the picture is quite good for a film its age. Sound:
Missing in Action is presented in Dolby Digital Mono 2.0. It is very good with no distortion or background noises and the dialogue is crisp and clean. However, the movie would've been much more enjoyable with a stereo mix in either 2.0 or 5.1 due to it being a war film with explosions, machine guns, and chases. Extras:
Extras include the theatrical trailer in full frame and subtitles in French or Spanish. Summary:
For fans of Chuck Norris or action films, Missing in Action is the perfect rental with above average picture and sound quality – but that is it. Fans should really hold out for an anamorphic transfer and a stereo surround track before purchasing.
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