The Accountant: Film Review

The Accountant

The Accountant intrigued me and I really didn’t know what to expect. It sounds lame and you don’t really think a movie about an accountant would be interesting, but it is, but the title sells it short. I just thought it would be a silly action film but it’s not that either. There was far more to it than I expected.

Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, a highly-functioning small town certified public accountant, but that is a front for all the work he does for dangerous criminal organisations. He is hired by Living Robotics and its owner Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow) to look into their accounts and check their accountant Dana (Anna Kendrick) was correct when she noticed some missing money. Wolff begins investing the case but it’s clear he’s snooping where he isn’t supposed to and someone takes out a hit on them both. If that wasn’t bad enough, the US Treasury (lead by J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is trying to find out his true identity.

This looks like it could be a simple and silly, no-brains-required action thriller but it has way more going for it than that. It starts off in a A Beautiful Mind-type way with us witnessing Wolff’s incredible maths skills as he analyses the Living Robotics data rapidly, but it is also a character study about how a person deals with autism and we witness how he was as a child through flashbacks, how his father taught him to channel his struggles physically and how he functions around others in the present. Then we get to the action part. You don’t expect an accountant to be a skilled shooter or a bad-ass superhero-like fighter but Wolff is and it’s pretty cool to watch, although it would be weird and hard to believe if we hadn’t been informed by the flashbacks and his fight training.

This also manages to be serious and then funny within moments, it juggles many different storylines (which were a tad hard to follow at times) and throws up some twists I never saw coming. It is definitely smarter than I imagined and with far more depth. Affleck portrayed an autistic person well as it was subtle but realistic and Kendrick is the warm heart of the film. It isn’t amazing and it goes on for a touch too long but it’s entertaining and clever.

In cinemas now 

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