Release year: 2016
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Screenwriter: Bill Dubuque
Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Alison Wright
Whether you need your numbers looked at or your enemy killed, Christian Wolff (Affleck) is the man to call. Diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism as a child, Wolff is a genius with numbers and uses his skills to unmask insider financial deceptions, often for criminal and terrorist enterprises. When he is hired to audit Living Robotics, his orderly life is threatened when he discovers more than he was supposed to.
After The Judge (2014) and A Family Man (2016), this is the only third screenplay in a very promising career of writer Bill Dubuque. His screenplay for The Accountant is a standard action movie with nuances. Because the twist is that the lead is an unusual anti-hero; a man with an autism diagnose. Dubuque’s script shows great insight into the disorder and Affleck (Gone Girl, 2014) does a great job bringing life to the character. Subdued and with great understanding for disorder, Affleck creates a different kind, but not less cool, action hero, which only leaves you excited about the fact that a sequel is on the way. The great Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009) has a small role, but no less important, as the woman who manage to get under the skin of the socially awkward accountant, while Simmons (Whiplash, 2014) as always shows talent, as the director of Financial Crimes Enforcement on his tail. Affleck is as convincing in the fighting scenes as in the scenes where he dives into accounting and the way the flashbacks deliver more and more pieces to the puzzle that is Wolff, is entertaining and gripping. An action-infused thriller with a different kind of anti-hero, with a combination of head shots, math and pained social interactions, The Accountant manage to deliver an old school action movie with a great twist.
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