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By Richard von Busack October 14, 2016
In between 'Batman' movies, Ben Affleck decided to play Batman again. The Accountant amps up the Aspergery side of Our Hero, disposing of his cape but not his fantastic fighting abilities. And Bruce Wayne is disguised as a midwestern bean counter.
Affleck is aliased as "Christian Wolf"—the Christian helps the weak, the wolf punishes the strong, deep thoughts, indeed. "Wolf" describes himself as a person with high-functioning autism, but this isn't even one of Affleck's top ten autistic performances in a movie. He's never been a big reactor—he's more like some sort of energy sink that absorbs the acting of others. And he constantly smudges the outline of his character, showing sympathy and affection in between the fight scenes.
Flashbacks show how this super-accountant acquired his skills, from being beaten up by a bulky Asian martial arts instructor to training to become a world-class sniper in the military. In the present tense, he's hunted by Treasury agents, both old dog J.K. Simmons, and his new recruit (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Meanwhile a mysterious bulky enforcer (Jon Bernthal of The Punisher) is hunting down friends of Wolf's clients.
It's all connected to some sketchy accounting going on at a robotics firm run by a grandfatherly CEO (John Lithgow). While auditing the books, Christian meets a friendly young pixie named Dana (Anna Kendrick) who is one of the firm's accountants. Kendrick gives a lot of her usual nervous displays of ivory teeth, while seeking to know this mysterious Wolf, his beautiful mind, and his pair of cold shoulders. Despite a few good minutes, Kendrick languishes in the part.
It's not talking that too much about the plot of The Accountant that can spoil it—it's the fact that three decades of similar movies spoil it. Wolf's childhood advice from his father was trite: "Being too different scares people." Still, it seems director Gavin O'Connor followed this advice. Chunks of the narrative seem to have disappeared; in their place are rhetorical questions meant to bridge the gaps: "Risking your life for a girl you've known less than a week? Why?" The elder actors help. Simmons dominates his scenes; propping up his feet on a coffee table and sighing, "I was old ten years ago," shows how well he handles the Commissioner Gordon side of the story.
By Jeff_34 February 10, 2017
IMHO Ben Affleck has the ability to stink up the screen and has done so on a number of occasions, thankfully this was not one of them. The premise was good, the characters interesting and the action worked within the story. None of it felt forced which was a nice surprise. Worth a one time watch. ;)
By Reno March 7, 2017
**He's not the same man inside out!**
The film was powerful, one of the best of the year I have seen. From the director of 'Warrior'. The story of a freelance accountant who was hired by a company to find the financial frauds. But when he's on the verge to uncover the names, the company rolls back over one of its member's death in the following day. It does not stop there, the life threat tails him and all who were involved with him. Now the film reveals his real identity going back to disclose his childhood days, like how he grew up. In the meantime, he has to find those people who are after him before they do and so with a twist the film comes to an end.
Coming from a DC film, now Ben Affleck proved he can be like any other top actors from the industry. His physique was great for the role he played. Thanks to Batman role. This is like his version of 'John Wick' or 'Jack Reacher'. Definitely we can expect a sequel here. Anna Kedrick was great in the recent time with all her films, particularly the box office wise. In this she did not get bigger role, but one of the main and in the follow-up, she might get more opportunity. The film was almost perfect for a crime-thriller. Especially the characters make the finest film of its kind. An outstanding film, so recommended for those who seek entertainment fullest.
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