Movie Review – The Accountant (2016)

Guns! Thrills! Chills!

Math?!

1+1=2 and 2×2=stick around for this review, 3.5 readers.

(FYI 1.75 X 2=3.5)

BQB here with a review of The Accountant.

You know 3.5, ever since you all came into my life, I spend most of my time watching movies thinking about how I’m going to explain what I’m seeing on the screen to all 3.5 of you.

This movie was so complicated that it took some serious thinking on my part, but here goes:

Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, a highly functioning autistic man who, by day, appears to be a mild mannered, run of the mill accountant.

However, he’s much more than that.  Although socially awkward, obsessive compulsive, and unable to connect with people, he utilizes his Rainman-esque ability with numbers to perform forensic accounting for all manner of international criminals, gangsters, what have you.

Because this profession is dangerous, he is often called upon to use his genius mind to kill all sorts of enemies.

Ironically, when he’s hired for a legit gig to help a robotics company locate some missing money, things get very dangerous as he ends up having to save junior accountant trainee/discrepancy in the books finder Dana Cummings (the ever adorable Anna Kendrick) from a dastardly hitman played by Jon Bernthal (formerly Shane of The Walking Dead.)

Meanwhile, treasury agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) has been tracking “the Accountant” for years.  With an impending retirement looming over his head, he recruits treasury analyst Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to figure out who this vile bookkeeper is.

The plot is very complex with many moving parts.  Many, many threads are exposed and you spend most of the film waiting for them to pay off and fear not, for eventually they do.  Whoever wrote this must have had a giant flowchart to keep track of it all.

This was a different kind of role for the Benster.  Though he has played dark and brooding before (The Town) this character is altogether different.  At times we get to see glimpses of goodness in this murderous bean counter, mostly brought out through his interactions with Anna.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy, but bring a pencil, a notebook, and a slide rule to keep track of everything.  I’m still not sure myself.

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