M.I.A. A Greater Evil

Synopsis: A group of American college students embark on an expedition looking for gold in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Their dreams quickly unravel when an unplanned detour leaves the group lost...
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, War
Director(s): Abishek J. Bajaj
Production: 89 Dreams
86 min


As part of Operation Homecoming

President Nixon has secured the

release of all American prisoners of

war held by the North Vietnamese.

All our boys are back home, no

man was left behind.

Washington was rocked this week by

eyewitness reports claiming that 41

American POWs are being held in the

jungles of Laos, 20 years after

the Vietnam War ended.

None of these reports are verified.

Stop giving these families false hope.

Senate hearings today heard evidence

of signals and signs on the ground in

Southeast Asia that some claim

were made by American POWs

held captive since the

Vietnam War.

The government dismissed the

reports amidst growing calls of a

cover-up in Washington.

Questions remain of the almost 2,000

American soldiers listed as missing

since the Vietnam War.

(guns firing)

You know the story. Back in

1889, the French set up a gold

mining operation on this river,

between Vietnam Laos and Cambodia.

The French miners, soldiers, and

geologists sent back reports of

massive gold discoveries that

made them fabulously rich.

But then, they just disappeared.

55 people vanished into thin air,

along with the gold.

But this river is full of gold

and we're going to find it.

We've been on the river for

two goddamn days.

When are we going to start

panning for gold?

We passed the old French mining

station a few miles back, we're doing

a short detour first.

- We passed it?

- Yeah.

We didn't agree to no detour.

We're doing this as a group,

aren't we?


But as your Geology professor and the

expedition leader, sometimes I'm

going to call the shots.

Says who?

Alright, stop messing with the drone.

You're wasting batteries.

Let's get back on the river.

Maybe this is what they

mean by fool's gold.

Rachel, Anita, shall we head


I'm going with Steve.

Me too.

Jez, are you taking your meds?

You're mom asked me to make sure.

I'm sick of that sh*t, I don't

need it out here.

Yeah you do.

(folk music playing)

It's so peaceful.

Yeah, it is now.

But only 50 years ago, this was

the epicenter of the Vietnam War.

The whole jungle was ravaged in

fighting and bombs.

Even this river was part of the North

Vietnamese army supply route called

the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Same as the city.

But during the war, before it fell

to the communists, Ho Chi Minh City

was called Saigon.

It's where my parents lived

before they escaped to the US.

When we left Vietnam, we spent

many years in refugee camps.

So, you're one of those Boat



A lot of sh*t happened after the


And during it.

You know my grandfather was a pilot,

shot down in the Vietnam War?

They never found his body.

Sorry, I didn't know.

The war cast a dark shadow

over my family.

I don't give a rat's ass

about the Vietnam War.

We've come for the gold.

Thanks for the sympathy.

Sorry, come on,

you know I didn't mean that.

You're like family

Steve, you didn't say

there were rapids.


They're not marked on the map.

Better break out the life vests.

- Where did you put them?

- Last I saw, they were at camp.

How could you just

leave them behind?

You said the river was flat,

no rapids.

Until your goddamn detour.

Hold on!

Watch Out!

Come on guys,

just keep paddling.

We're going to make it.



Come on, come on guys.

F*** yeah! That was a blast!


Is everyone ok?


Let's head over there.

Is everything there?

Seems to be.

That's pretty damn impressive.

That's what happens

when Anita and I pack.

You two dummies can't even

pack the life vests.

- You all right?

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