The Accountant - Movie Review

Updated: Nov 01, 2016, 12:56 IST | Johnson Thomas

While best friend & 'Good Will Hunting' co-conspirator Matt Damon made spy-action thrillers his specialty, Ben Affleck moved towards comic book superhero stuff. With 'The Accountant' though Affleck appears to have decided to follow his bestie

The Accountant
A still from 'The Accountant'. Pic/YouTube

'The Accountant'
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Daeg Faerch, Dennis Keiffer, Fernando Chien, Gary Basaraba, Gregory Alan Williams, Gregory Fears, Inder Kumar, J.K. Simmons
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Rating: 
Runtime: 128 mins

While best friend & 'Good Will Hunting' co-conspirator Matt Damon made spy-action thrillers his specialty, Ben Affleck moved towards comic book superhero stuff. With 'The Accountant' though Affleck appears to have decided to follow his bestie. Here Affleck gets down and dirty, fighting off his opponents with blunt hand-to-hand combat and menacing looks.

Christian (Ben Affleck) was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, as a young boy but his father refused him therapy believing in him gaining self-reliance through hard won experience. Christian eventually becomes an accountant, apparently helping clients in different locations. He is hired by robotics tycoon Lamar (John Lithgow) to juggle his accounts and that's when things begin to come to a boil.

And he has secrets too- his home and his far more dangerous real life as a middleman for leaders who need their finances juggled. Christian is withdrawn and standoffish visiting his fortified trailer where he keeps his cash and assorted arsenal. In his home he has a music system he uses to play heavy metal while strobe lights help calm him before bedtime. Christian’s secrets are being investigated by Treasury Director King (J K Simmons)and his assistant Medina (Cynthia Adai-Robinson). So it's through them that we see his deeds come tumbling out in the open.

The screenplay by Bill Dubuque gets mired in detail instead of setting up events that could enhance the thrill affect. Christian's involvement with Dana (Ann Kendrick) is all too brief given that she is the next target for assassination. The pre-interval part is excessively detailed with character ticks that don't really make much sense. When violence breaks out, Christian dominates with firepower and martial arts, and there's a sense of relief. But it's not long lasting as the action is pretty much uninspired and O'Connor appears to have lost the interest of the viewer so completely that even the final twists don't feel shocking. Thrills and suspense are missing here and tension is also a little too low key to be effective. The runtime feels overly long while incoherence looms large due to O'Connor’s over zealous efforts to contextualize. But for the actors and their heavy-duty efforts this would be just another jaded wearisome actioner!

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