Kingpin... Well it has a tiger.

Kingpin (2003): 5 out of 10: As seen on NBC and inexplicably spread over three DVDs, The six hour mini-epic Kingpin is now available to all those who blinked and missed it. Visually stunning with great sets and production values Kingpin certainly looks great. The story is another matter.

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Scarface minus The Godfather plus American Family then mix thoroughly with network standards and practices and you really have a mess. This story cries truly for more sex and violence.

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The acting is a mixed bag with Yancey Arias giving a great performance as the head guy. Sheryl Lee chewing scenery as his shrewish Anglo wife and most embarrassingly Brian Benben hopelessly miscast as an indebted mule/plastic surgeon. Yep it is Nip/Tuck meets The Shield without the grittiness of either as well as a lot of unsubtitled Spanish to wade through.

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After you watch the first twenty minutes you will say to yourself hey this is really cool. Do yourself a favor and turn off the TV. It is the only way to preserve the feeling.

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