Though clearly intended to be something more than a routine thriller, BACKTRACK never transcends its generic limitations, and the surprisingly good cast ultimately founders.
Conceptual artist Anne Benton (Jodie Foster) creates electronic pieces (supplied by real-life artist Jenny Holzer) that flash glib but superficially significant statements, and her work has begun to attract major media attention. Driving home one night, she suffers a blowout on a deserted road
and, while looking for help, witnesses a Mafia rubout. Killer Leo Carelli (Joe Pesci) spots her, but Anne escapes and goes to the police. They offer her a place in the federal witness protection progra...