Video Review

Witness Protection

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Tom Sizemore; Distributor: HBO

Mob justice indeed: After a hitman nearly whacks Boston gangster Bobby ''Bats'' Batton, he and his family seek refuge in the federal Witness Protection Program — but turn on one another as they realize what it means to lose their old identities. With its moody Sopranos vibe, this modest made-for-cable drama begins gracefully but bogs down a bit during the family's orientation, during which Whitaker, as the feds' liaison, gives a performance so subdued he almost seems to be sleepwalking. B

Originally posted Jun 16, 2000 Published in issue #545 Jun 16, 2000 Order article reprints