Throwback Thursday: Braddock: Missing in Action 3
Braddock: Missing in Action 3 was released exactly 27 years ago today and while I wouldn’t call it my favorite Chuck Norris movie it might be the one that I’ve seen the most. I had it on VHS as a kid and between this movie, Platoon Leader, Uncommon Valor, and the myriad of other Vietnam War films I was ready to sign right up for the military. MIA3 boasts one of the longest torture scenes in movie history and also one of the most badass heroes, Col. James Braddock. If you call him Rambo Jr. he will straight kick the shit out of you.
The scene of Braddock leaving Saigon in 1975 totally contradicts the entire premise of the series’ earlier film Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. In that movie he was captured in 1972 and held as a POW in a Vietnamese prison camp for 10 years. Even Chuck Norris can’t be in two places at the same time. Normally I would say that maybe the filmmakers hadn’t seen the earlier film but this movie was directed by the 2nd unit director and brother of Chuck, Aaron Norris. I guess Braddock actually seeing that his boo didn’t make it out of Saigon is pretty important to the plot so they just overlooked that whole continuity thing.