The Accountant review
It’s amazing how far some actors will go into getting into the mid of the character they’ll play. Christian Bale is willing to loose a hundred pounds for The Machinist only to gain it back for Batman Begins. Heath Ledger spent a lot of dangerous time to himself to become the psychopathic Joker in The Dark Knight. Even guys like Judd Nelson are willing to act like a bully punk offset for The Breakfast Club. Obviously, the more complex the character, the more an actor has to work with to create a better character. So its interesting when they tackle a mental disorder like autism.
For those that don’t know it, Autism affects the brain and makes social interaction difficult, creating something of a glass pane between the sufferer and the rest of the world. Its effect is different, depending on the person. Sometimes, they require constant care while some lead full lives, but are narrow to their own interests. This too has been examined by film We’ve seen Dustin Hoffman have it in Rain Man, Claire Danes in Temple Grandin, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mary and Max. Ben Affleck gets his chance in The Accountant.
As a child, Christian Wolff is diagnosed with autism, revealing that while he’s sensitive to certain noises and lights, has an incredible cognitive mind that allows him to solve puzzles fast and work well with numbers. A neuroscience institute offers to take him in, but Christian’s father declines, instead training him his own way to prepare his son for an unforgiving world. Years later, Christian (played by Ben Affleck) is a freelance forensic accountant to uses his skills to follow several inside criminal businesses, being funded and backed by an unseen person only known as “The Voice”.
Christian is being tracked by Raymond King (played by J.K. Simmons), the director of financial crimes for the U.S. Treasury Department. He hires Marybeth Medina (played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to help.
Christian’s latest assignment lead’s him to audit a major industry corporation, Living Robotics. The CEO, Lamar Blackburn (played by John Lithgow) seems to be ready to cooperate when needed, though Christian only needs help from the companies’ in house accountant, Dana (played by Anna Kendrick). When the two discover that sixty-one million dollars has been embezzled, they become the target of assassins. This is when Dana discovers that Christian has some amazing fighting and weapons skills along with his brilliant mind. Will he be able to see who’s trying to kill them and where that money is going?
On the surface, the idea of an autistic man that’s a top skilled fighter and a great mind at the same time seems like a bad idea. I wasn’t even sure if Ben Affleck could even properly portray an autistic man (would you buy a six-foot, four inches man as an accountant?). But amazingly, The Accountant reminded me that Affleck is an actor that puts in his everything into every performance. Despite playing a guy who has difficulty expressing emotion, he manages to say a lot with his movement and eye expression.
As far as action movies go, it is entertaining and manages to give us likable characters to follow. Anna Kendrick was probably my favorite who seems like a real accountant more then the rest of the cast. I have to give The Accountant a lot of credit for writing a story that has a lot of financial terms that I’m unfamiliar with. There are times when it does feel like it drags in trying to explain it’s plot with it’s connection with the government and the rest of the fortune five hundred companies involved. Had the movie been more narrow in it’s plot, I’d would have declared it as a favorite. It’s not the case here, but I’m glad I saw it.
I’ll give this four original Superman comics out of five. Though maybe not the most original idea for an action movie, The Accountant did make my two hours at the movies worth the watch. It seemed like the rest of the audience can get behind an autistic action hero. That what I love about the movies; the ability to remind people that they don’t know what they want until they see it.