The cinematography is interesting with the forward/backward/jerks but unpleasant. The rest is fairy unremarkable. While a curiosity, I cannot recommend watching it for simple entertainment. Some of the right wing anarchist rhetoric and the crime justification is fun to listen to.
couldnt get behind sean connery at all in any way. walken was good, the apartments were lush and the specifics of the disabled boy and his subplot/interaction with the plot was what i wish the whole thing could have been. a completely earnest moment under the surface of this film.
Wow, amazing!Everything the Oceans films aren’t, a masterpiece heist film, probably the best ever in my book. Lumets direction is fantastic, the details are incredible and it’s full of humour and tiny dramas to keep you entertained. it looks fantastic too, from the interiors to the brilliant photography. The cast are excellent, with Sean Connery’s magnetic performance at the centre and a cool score from Quincy Jones.
What started out as a would-be-study on surveillance became an unusually illogical, however tense, heist movie building up on its final third. Topics explored got lost or went unfinished, while script and characters developed on seemingly spontaneous reasons. It is hard, tho, to deny a distinct charm in the movie's nonchalant style.
Buon lavoro di Lumet,che anticipa un certo concetto di cinema che verrà riproposto negli anni a seguire da molti autori della New Hollywood.Il montaggio è certamente la cosa più originale,stacca e frammenta il tutto e quindi può esaltare o infastidire la visione.Qualche macchietta di troppo e musiche non sempre azzeccate,ma la regia è sempre dosata e gli attori gestiti degnamente....Un Lumet minore,ma non scarso.
Chris Walken so young and so full o' swag I could cry.Sean's grin & his post Bond look. Socks to The Anderson Tapes as Slick is to Heat.Pre-Michael Mann slickness.Post-Melvillian.Chit-chat & niceties during a "you shall not be harmed" heist. 70s sounds.The fonts and lettering of the opening and ending credits. The sliding policemen. The Pasolinian/Kubrickian death/S&M masks.Martin Balsam's walk & hair:THE classicness
The flashback structure around some of the heist scenes are a needless annoyance, but the script's cynical humanism makes up for it, and as a predictor of our current public society, Lumet's 'accidental surveillance' plot thread is kind of poignant and, oddly, reassuring.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Pretty damn disappointing considering the talent involved. I felt like I was watching a card game get fixed with no surprises by the time you actually see the game get played. Plenty of entertaining performances and familiar faces from a character actor standpoint but I'm glad I watched The Anderson Tapes for Martin Balsam alone. Beyond that its dated nonsense with weak characters.
A few words: Lumet. Connery. Walken. Martin Balsam as a gay antiques dealer. Inventive, realistic, paranoid, quirky little gem of a movie that never stops giving. Connery has a ball reminding you of his sheer acting talent. Everything is firing on all fronts, and it really makes for one of the oddest caper films I've ever seen. And did I mention IT HAS CHRISTOPHER WALKEN pre-Annie Hall??