The Anderson Tapes Reviews
"The Anderson Tapes" was the first major film to focus on the pervasiveness of electronic surveillance, from security cameras in public places to hidden recording devices. Following the Watergate scandal a few years later, covert surveillance, and who is listening, became the themes of several 1970s films such as "The Conversation" and "The Parallax View". Columbia Pictures was not happy with the planned ending of the film, in which Connery escaped to be pursued by police helicopters, fearing that it would hurt sales to television, which generally required that bad deeds not go unpunished. Veteran director Sidney Lumetīs generic heist thriller "The Anderson Tapes" is not amongst his best ones in my eyes. The film canīt seem to find the right mood and drive plus the dialogue and acting is not 100%. And the the camera work makes the film look like a tv-movie. The problem is as well that the storyline has too many subplots and confuses you more than amuses you. You simply end up asking "What?".
That being said, it is still a somewhat enjoying watch and Connery is very good in the main with Christopher Walken playing along side him very well in his first major role in a feature film. The score from Quincy Jones is the kind where you either love it or hate it. I personally really enjoyed it but I'm a big fan of his scores.
The Anderson Tapes isn't for everybody but fans of caper films and Sean Connery and Christopher Walken in general would be apt to check it out.
Connery leaves jail and plans a major robbery of a block of wealth flats, and the mob are funding it, however the whole plan is being recorded on tape. It's enjoyable,Gritty and raw, it's dripping with big cast names, But the main action starts at the end of the film.