The Accountant stars Ben Affleck as a math savant who discovers something out of the ordinary when he begins uncooking the books for a new client which puts himself and Anna Kendrick’s character in danger. With shady characters and the treasury department on there tail, its not long before the body count starts to rise.
Ben Affleck & Anna Kendrick
Gavin O’Connor directs the story of Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) who hides behind the cover of a small-town CPA office while secretly working as a freelance accountant for the worlds most dangerous criminal organisations. However you don’t really get to see any of that save for a few photos and some flashbacks but you do get to see how he has survived this long and that is more than worth watching.
When Christian takes on a new client he also comes into contact with Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), the accountant who first discovered that money was missing. However it is not long before they catch the attention of a bad guy called Brax (Jon Bernthal) and the two of them find themselves in terrible danger. Fortunately Christian is well trained and the rest of the movie resolves around him taking the fight to the enemy.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson & J.K. Simmons
In addition to Brax, Christian has also peaked the interest of the treasury’s crime enforcement division led by Ray King (J.K. Simmons) who enlists the help of an analyst named Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). The two of them work really well together and both put in some decent performances and even manage to convey a lot of backstory to the audience but that is all that they really get to do.
Having said that the back story is interesting and provides an extra dimension to the story. The film uses flashbacks to tell more of the story and how Christian grew up, his high functioning form of autism is central to his character and through the flashbacks the audience find out more about what shaped his life. It is the reason he has to finish what he starts in this film and it is a type of character you don’t really get to see in this type of role very much.
Jon Bernthal & John Lithgow
The final shown down was pretty cool and there is a pretty nice reveal in there too. In fact there are a lot of great action sequences throughout the film that culminate in a nice ending with nice pay-offs for many of the main characters. Chrisitan finishes what he started, Ray passes the torch to Medina and even Dana gets something out of the whole affair despite only being in the film for a short time.
The Accountant is a pretty decent film overall as it has a nice story and some brilliant action sequences. There are also a lot of different threads than run throughout this film and I think that the film would have probably been better if it had tried to focus on less of them. However I did enjoy it as a film and if you go and see it I am sure you will enjoy it as well.