The Accountant – A Review

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The Accounant is Directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Ben Affleck who plays Christian Wolff, an accountant and a math savant with autism and a Jason Bourne-like skill set who does accounting for the mob. After Anna Kendrick discovers someone skimming millions of dollars from a high-tech robotics company’s books, Wolff is hired to find the cause. The closer they get to discovering the truth; the ones responsible start being murder by the hitman Brax, played by Jon Bernthal.  The next target is Kendrick and Affleck.

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It’s more of a drama than an action movie. The first 2/3 is a slow burn until the final act which is where most of the action takes place. It’s like a cross between the Bourne movies and ‘A Beautiful Mind’.  The movie does a great job showing Wolff’s autistic tendencies, explaining them in detail during flashbacks.  The flashbacks show how his military dad dealt with Wolff’s autism and how he gains the skills we see him use as an adult. It also does a great job showing the sense of humor Wolff has which gives us a few laugh out loud moments. The movie really draws you in and makes you care about the characters especially Wolff.

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The only negative I would give the movie, since it’s on the long side, just over 2 hours, there is way too much backstory and exposition for J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson who are the agents trying to track down Wolff since he is tied to a number of different high profile mobs and also a huge shooting. They could have cut out at least 20 minutes of their back-stories and still given them 5 minutes to accomplish what they needed to. Watching their backstories bogs down the movie and takes you out of it somewhat.

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Overall it’s a great movie and I would recommend seeing it. It’s not for everyone but the story is well written and you end up caring for the characters, which is, bottom line,  always what you want in a quality film. 8/10

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