YMMV / Missing in Action

  • Awesome Music: Jay Chattaway's soundtrack is pretty damn impressive, especially the main titles.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Missing In Action 2: The Beginning: Colonel Yin is the sadistic Vietnamese commander of the POW camp James Braddock is sent to. Holding onto his prisoners for years, Yin mistreats and routinely tortures the prisoners of the camp, a favorite tactic of his being to play Russian Roulette with his prisoners, usually bluffing but only to fool all the prisoners for when he actually does execute one. Killing all those who try to escape, Yin is determined to completely break Braddock and force him to confess to imaginary war crimes, with the intent to kill every American POW once he's satisfied with breaking down Braddock. Yin tries a multitude of ways to try to break Braddock: lying about his wife's remarriage; forcing a sack over his head with a savage rat inside; and giving a fatal injection of opium to a fellow prisoner dying of malaria—whom Yin had promised to save—before lighting him on fire in front of Braddock's eyes. Yin happily kills anyone he no longer has use for, executing a photographer who stumbles across the camp and shooting down his partner in an opium cartel to acquire his helicopter. A near-emotionless tyrant of a man, all the atrocities of the Vietnam War were perfectly highlighted within Yin.
    • Braddock: Missing in Action 3: General Quoc is another immoral Vietnamese commander out for perceived vengeance against Colonel Bradock. After Bradock flies into Vietnam to meet up with Li and Van, his estranged wife and son, Quoc ambushes Braddock's family and murders Li with her husband and son in full witness. After capturing Braddock and Van, Quoc boasts about his long history of torture and has Van and Braddock subjected to his specialty: suspending Braddock by a rope and gleefully electrocuting him, all whilst attached to a trigger that, when Braddock submits, will blow his own son's head off. After Braddock and Van escape, Quoc takes Reverend Polanski's orphanage of American-Asian children hostage to lure Braddock into his clutches, and has no compunction in trying to have them all killed later to get at Braddock himself. Quoc boasted a sadistic streak on par with Yin's, and had no qualms as to whom he had to harm to hurt Braddock.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Chances are people watch this film just to see Chuck Norris kick NVA/PAVN ass.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Soon-Tek Oh and James Hong playing the Big Bads in the series; both actors would later appear in the Disney film Mulan.
  • Narm: Braddock jumps off a tower holding a couple of grenades. Said tower explodes for no reason.note 
  • Sequelitis: The series gets progressively worse with each installment.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: The first two films are based on James Cameron's original script for Rambo: First Blood Part II but Cannon rushed their film into production and changed enough material to avoid a lawsuit from Rambo's producers.
  • Signature Scene: Chuck Norris rising out of the water, everyone?
  • So Okay, It's Average: Especially in comparison with the second film.