Saturday, August 24, 2013

Witness Protection (1999)

Hmm...this would have perfect for my salute to gangster films a couple of years ago.

Synopsis: It's basically My Blue Heaven without the bad comedy, or the last two hours Scorsese chopped from Goodfellas.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “When mobster Bobby ‘Bats’ Batton awakens to find his home under attack by a relentless hit-man, he knows his life is in danger – he just doesn’t know why. Fleeing with his family Bobby tries to contact his business associates but no one is talking. He’s down, he’s out, he’s on the run and there’s nowhere he can hide. The FBI offers a solution. Give up your partners and enter the witness protection program.”

What Did I Learn?: Um, guys... if you're going to take out a second mortgage on your home, and run up an $80,000 credit card debt, you should probably mention this to your wife, beforehand, if you wish to stay married.

Really?: Closely related to What Did I Learn? Cindy finds out "Bats" has bankrupted the family and neglected to tell her. I didn't believe for a second she would enter the Witness Protection Program with him after hearing that news.

Rating: Witness Protection is well-acted, character-driven drama about a Boston Irish gangster and his family who find themselves in a tough situation. While I liked this movie, it was painfully obvious the other family members would be a lot better off without Bats, so the script makes less sense after the first hour or so. 7/10 stars.

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