Dramatic Thriller. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
What We Thought:
The Accountant is a pretty solid thriller with a really unnecessary twist. Ben Affleck is really good though.
The movie has more positives than negatives, but the negatives are easier to talk about. First, Anna Kendrick’s character really isn’t necessary. She finds accounting errors at her job which leads to a big plot line so that’s fine, but the “will they/won’t they” back and forth between her and Affleck could have been cut.
There’s a big twist that A) you should see it coming a mile away and B) it didn’t need to be a twist. It lays out all its characters so if you are paying attention, you can figure out the twist. It didn’t need to be a surprise because you know what’s coming. If it was just the storyline moving forward and not a “Wow, look who that is!” it would have worked better because I felt like the movie thinks its audience is dumb.
There’s also a second twist with a voice, but again, you should figure that out well in advance. Because they lay out all the characters, you should know who is what. And it really could have used a great score from someone like Trent Reznor. It needed more of a David Fincher/Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross vibe.
But the action is really good and Affleck handles the character with care. His character is somewhere on the Autism spectrum and he really captures the ticks and anti-social behavior quite well. His interactions with other characters are limited and somewhat unemotional. You completely understand why his character gets into mathematics and numbers. Numbers are emotionless and easily adaptable.
I see a lot of mixed responses to The Accountant and I understand why. It’s not the home run I was expecting, but overall I still liked it. I’d watch it again and the cast is good. Along with Affleck and Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, JK Simmons and John Lithgow are all really good. I understand why some people didn’t like it, but I can see it making some money at the box office. Affleck continues to do good work and if you’re a fan, definitely see it.
Cast & Crew:
- Ben Affleck
- Anna Kendrick
- Jon Bernthal
- JK Simmons
- John Lithgow
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