The Accountant tells the story of a math savant who uncooks the books for a new client when the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
From the trailer, The Accountant got me hooked from the beginning. It’s a relatively under promoted film with not that many knowing of it amongst a plethora of other releases that are hitting screens at the moment and Doctor Strange still fresh and only a week into it’s release. The film has hints of Keanu Reeves’ John Wick but unlike Wick, it isn’t an all out action film. Though it’s a little annoying at times when information is fed to us through dialogue, the film overall film manages to combine the drama of an autistic accountant who has military grade training and uses it to his advantage.
There was a point in the film where I almost outwardly groaned at a scene between Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck’s characters in a hotel room where they sit and talk about themselves on a couch. Kendrick’s character moved towards Affleck and tensions rose but thankfully, Affleck moved away and the story could progress. It’s not like I have anything against these types of romantic scenes, but considering the age differences and how strange it would be for their characters to get together, I was extremely glad for them to break apart. Besides, it seems to be a common trend to have a much younger woman with a much older man.
One of the things I liked most about this film was how it dealt with those who have Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. As someone who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a young age, I thought it dealt with the mannerisms that come with the diagnosis. It wasn’t over the top crazy or seriously misinterpreted as it can so easily have been due to the fact it’s still considerably misunderstood. Affleck portrayed his Autistic character well enough for it to be fully believable. He was honestly the best part of the film.
Director Gavin O’Connor helmed one of my favourite MMA/UFC films in Warrior and it’s a film that really got me back into the sport. After his previous project with Natalie Portman calledJane Got A Gun that was considerably underwhelming, it was really great to see that he was back in the game with this new project. Though his direction was quite simple, it was for the better of the film as often the subplots became a little messy and more often then not threw off the tone of the film. It was, however, still engaging, though could’ve been tightened and intensified a lot more. What O’Connor soars in is making the action sequences super-realistic. There’s no fluffing around, no over the top blood and gore and heroic moments like many other action or even superhero films. When Affleck kills people, it’s not pretty and it happens the way it does in clean cut and efficient manner.
The Accountant is one of the few films that is worth paying money to see at the cinema.