I’ve always been a fan of Ben Affleck-films, though I confess I don’t recall ever seeing him in any action roles, Batman vs Superman notwithstanding. Also I’m not a great fan of action movies, but still, Ben Af. Right?
The Accountant starts off with a snippet from the protagonist’s childhood, where we get to know that he is autistic and also some sort of a genius. Cut to the present, we see the protagonist Christian Wolff, as an accountant who is in the process of helping out an elderly couple through their finances. Meanwhile, at the Treasury Department, a new manhunt is on; the target : a shadowy figure who is only referred to as The Accountant, one who has carried out many shady business transactions for the most notorious sets of criminals. And of course, this is Wolff. To throw off some heat, Wolff decides to take on a legitimate client; Living Robotics, a state-of-the-art company dedicated to developing prosthetic implants to help out the physically challenged. An accounting clerk finds a discrepancy in the company’s bookkeeping, and Wolff is hired to look into the problem. But when Wolff also starts looking into the matter, a shadowy organization hell-bent on covering up the conspiracy makes its way into Wolff’s life. What happens next?
Because all accountants should know sniping, right?
The plot is pretty solid for what I expected to be a run-of-the-mill action thriller, although some of the plot elements are painfully predictable. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of an autistic assassiny guy is great, while Anna Kendrick’s small role as the accounting clerk at Living Robotics is well-done, but still is too small for her to make a significant impact. J K Simmons as Raymond King, the Treasury Dept.’s Crime Enforcement Division’s head, is solidly done, although it is ‘not my tempo'[hehe]. Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Marybeth Medina, the one investigating the accountant matter, seems a wee bit tacked-on, but she does play her role well. And Jon Bernthal playing the film’s antagonist, is surprisingly fun to watch.
The pacing of the film will leave you breathless, what with new developments every other moment and whatnot. But it never feels rushed. And the action scenes are beyond good; they will most often get you whoo-and-aah-ing throughout the sequences. The protagonist’s backstory is something we get to see every once in a while, and although they have been placed well within the film, in one or two occasions the flashbacks seem to take away from the flow of the film. Other than that, the film is pretty clean in its screenplay.
If you are a fan of spy films and action thrillers, The Accountant is one movie you should definitely check out.
RATING : 7.6/10
– Ben Affleck is great
– complex plot
– great pacing
– fun action sequences
– Anna Kendrick’s role is too small
– flashbacks occasionally take away the pacing