The Accountant doesn’t sound like a film pumped up with action and intrigue.
Yet here we are, with a film about an accountant that’s filled with action and intrigue.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), we follow Ben Affleck who is a little bit more complicated than being a simple numbers man.
And that is where the fun of the story begins.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people.
Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations.
With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client.
As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
Look at that last part of the plot description:
“As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.”
How wild is that!
Meeting Affleck’s savant character in his youth, we find a young man with autism living within the confines of a Military life.
The timeline starts to throw us around as we bounce between his past and his present; A present that shows us a man who the world would decide to label as ‘normal’.
Having that outside view of Wolff brings a humour to the character, with the way he sees and experiences the world shown in full-strobe-light to the audience.
And as the picture of Wolff is painted, we find J.K Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson hot on his heels as they try to discover who this mysterious Accountant is (ohhh…).
From there, The Accountant develops into a deep action-thriller driven by the complexities of a man who see’s the world a little differently to us.
As Wolff is the eyes and ears of this world, it’s not only a great exercise in educating audiences on people with autism, but it becomes a mechanic for delivering an experience through it.
And Affleck is outstanding in his presentation of this. Even in a scene that should set up something more romantic, his delivery of that disconnect with others comes through in subtle glances and movements.
The action too is outstanding. I’ve been waiting for a film to use that controlled, visceral style like 2014’s John Wick, and The Accountant takes that on-board to produce some of the hardest hitting scenes this year.
Which means The Accountant comes out as one of my favourites for 2016.
With a strong cast, exciting action and twists that kept twisting, I’ll easily watch this film again and again and again.
And I don’t think you can endorse a film any better.
Just go watch The Accountant. Seriously.