P.O.W. the Escape

1986

Action / Adventure / Drama / War

56
IMDb Rating 5 10 397

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David Carradine as Wade Douglas
Mako as Capt. Vinh
Steve James as Sgt. Johnston
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818.84 MB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
90 min
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1.48 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
90 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tarbosh22000 6 / 10 / 10

God bless the 80's!

In Vietnam, 1973, the military top brass is told to free all the P.O.W.'s. In order to do this effectively, they call in Col. James Cooper (Carradine), who, naturally, is "The Best". Of course, he also has a bad attitude and is getting on in years. Once he finds the prisoners, one of which is Johnston (James), all the men lead a daring escape through the jungles of 'Nam. Along the way they'll have to fight tons of NVA soldiers, evil camp commander Capt. Vinh (Mako), among other pitfalls, while fighting to stay alive and recapture some gold bars. Can they do it? By this time, Cannon had already made Missing In Action (1984), so they probably figured, "'why not try 'P.O.W.'"? Instead of Chuck Norris or Michael Dudikoff, their main staples, they opted for David Carradine. He's not quite as belligerent and surly as he is in Future Force (1989) and Future Zone (1990), but roles like this, where he's put in the driver's seat as an action hero with terse dialogue, certainly paved the way for those. His dialogue pretty much consists of soundbites such as "I'm going' back for 'em" and "Everybody goes home". This might be less noticeable if he had some non-bumper-sticker-like dialogue anywhere else in the movie, but he doesn't. As far as his attitude (i.e angry), it seems Cannon will just give you a more assertive demeanor at times. For example, for Chain Of Command (1994), they probably just said to Dudikoff, "be angry". We're guessing they did the same here for Carradine. POW: The Escape is your basic exploding hut/helicopter/guard tower movie where people are constantly firing machine guns under the green foliage. But you gotta admit, those huts had it coming. There's the Prerequisite Torture as well. Not of the huts, of the humans. Thus, the movie is quite repetitive, as there isn't enough material here to properly fill a 90 minute feature. Not that any of this is bad, it just feels very, very familiar. As far as the rest of the cast, there are some familiar faces: we are fans of Mako and he does a decent job as the commander who might secretly have an affinity for America. Steve James remains one of the most underrated actors of the 80's and beyond and his presence livens things up considerably. In the background doing small roles like "G.I. #4" and "Soldier at Fuel Depot" are Willie Williams, Henry Strzalkowski, and Cris Aguilar. Among the smaller players is fan favorite John Barrett, who is also credited as a stunt coordinator. If you watch any of these Philippines-set actioners, these names will ring a bell. But none of them can possibly top Carradine, when, in a moment of inspiration, he takes an American flag in danger of burning down - this is during a firefight, no less - takes it off the pole, puts it over his shoulders, and continues killing badguys with his machine gun! He's literally draped in the flag as he fights those stupid, stupid commies. God bless the 80's. Released by Media on VHS (and laser videodisc!), POW: The Escape is standard jungle action, with maybe a few blips of interest within that framework. For more action insanity, drop by: www.comeuppancereviews.com

Reviewed by actionfilm-2 8 / 10 / 10

Carridine as Norris and Steve James as Rambo

David Carradine makes you believe a laid back lethargic soldier can become a one man killing machine in the jungles of the 'Nam. This film is lots of fun, anybody expecting military and historical accuracy will suffer the same kind of disappointment as someone expecting to see David Carradine perform with all the speed and agility of Bruce Lee. Carradine and his fellow P.O.W.s suffer at the hands of a VC officer who secretly harbors a desire for the American dream, he demands that Carradine aid him in achieving it. Instead the Tai Chi expert and the dependable Steve James (you could pair James up with Hugh Grant and still be guaranteed victory) serve up a healthy dose of mayhem and sends Charlie running most ricki tik. If you've run out of Chuck Norris war films to watch, P.O.W. the Escape will fill the void.

Reviewed by williamsd-3 8 / 10 / 10

Good action film worth a look

David carradine leads the way in this all action epic, which is basically the Great Escape, but set in Veatnam, but with a corrupt Vietnamese prison camp general, as played by Mako and a traitorous double crossing American soldier Sparks as played by Charles R Floyd. The basic story revolves around Carradine getting captured by the Veatcong and meeting up with the corrupt Vietnamese general who steals the Gold from his captors like watches and gold necklace's. Anyway he is desperate to get back to his "home" in America. Anyway, there is not enough action scenes particularly in the middle of the film, even though it does pick up towards the end with a large battle scene where Carradine saves a American firebase under attack from hordes of Vietnamese soldiers, single handily added to that, a rushed climax which involves Carradine running around a small village while killing several soldiers. This film is good for b action movie fans and little else, but still contains some good harmless fun.

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