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Backfire (1987)



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A Vietnam veteran is haunted by nightmares of what he went through in the war. His wife is supportive, but he seems to be getting worse, not better. I dare not reveal anymore. Other reviews do, but this thriller is best viewed without knowing anything else.

Backfire is entertaining enough, although a little more adrenaline and a more inspired ending would have helped. The movie kept me guessing until the very end -- a good thing -- but I had at least one guess that would have been more satisfying a conclusion than theirs. At any rate, Backfire is a fine study of a character ridden by guilt.