Face of the Enemy (1989)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

In this provocative and well-rendered psychological drama a former victim of torture attempts to get revenge on the Middle-Eastern woman who ruined his life many years ago. His ordeal began when he was a CIA agent and got captured by an enemy. He was placed in a tiny cell and subjected to psychological and physical torture. Even though he refused to divulge any information, the experience left him a hollow shell, barely able to function. The CIA releases him and he gets a job over-seeing the security at a factory. He lives alone after his family deserts him, and although now not even his former employers want anything to do with him, he continues to contact them. One day he tells them that he sees one of the women who held him prisoner. The CIA labels him as paranoid and pays no attention. An FBI agent does show up though and warns him to leave the woman alone as a recent treaty insures her protection. Realizing that no justice will be done for him, he decides to get it for himself by kidnapping her and locking her in his basement. There he attempts to make her suffer the same things that he suffered at her hands. But somehow, he is too emotionally scarred to pursue the torments with much conviction or zest. Often he will start something, but never finish. The woman is strong and refuses to be victimized. During her own ordeal, she constantly keeps her mind sharp and probes him for psychological weaknesses to help her escape and to protect her vulnerable young daughter.



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