The Accountant review: Affleck shines in this pretty decent thriller
Gavin O’Connor stole my heart with Warrior(2011) which I immensely loved, mostly because of the way he executed that family drama. So when The Accountant was announced, I was pretty excited seeing at the cast which included names like Ben Affleck, J K Simmons and Jon Bernthal. Though the side characters play their part well, it feels that they are somewhat under-utilized. But it is Affleck, with his committed performance, and the crisply executed action which keeps this film afloat.
The Accountant tells the story of Christian Wolff(Ben Affleck), who works as an accountant but is actually working for dangerous crime lords, helping them to uncook their account books. Then there is Ray King(J K Simmons), who works at the Department of Treasury and is in pursuit of this so called ‘Accountant’. He assigns Medina(played by Spartacus star Cynthia Robinson) to track down The Accountant by blackmailing her with some past information she lied about. So she sets down to find the man with only a few photos in hand. Amidst all this, director Gavin O’ Connor and writer Bill Dubuque tackle the theme of Asperger’s syndrome which has been optimistically handled with some flashbacks which involves Chris and his family. There is also the character of Dana, played by Anna Kendrick, a junior accountant who works for a robotics company who hire Christian to look into their accounts. Confusion brews up when both of them find some abnormalities in the books and Christian finds himself protecting Dana from being killed by assassins.
Ben Affleck is commendable in the lead and plays the part of the guy with Autism with a certain sincerity. He is good in the action sequences too and is cheery enough when he is being a maths genius. Coming from performances like Nick Dunne(Gone Girl) and Batman(Batman vs Superman), this one is a bit underwhelming but still a good one. The next best performance and character definitely belongs to Jon Bernthal, who plays Brax, an assassin sent to finish off Dana and Christian. He is calm and has an electric screen presence which infuses energy into the screenplay.
O’ Connor and Richard Pearson(editor) do well with the action which is quick, sleek and thrilling. The twist in the final act is not so much a twist(it is actually downright dumb) but the sequence is enjoyable enough with Affleck taking down the bad guys in style. The Accountant is inconsistent, but with all the inconsistencies, it still makes up for a decent watch, partial credit to the director and Ben Affleck and partial credit to the action. You’ll watch it, probably enjoy it, and then forget about it.