The Accountant (2016) Review

Keeva Stratton

Film Expert

A man with a rare form of autism channels his skills in an unexpected way, in this original, out-of-the-box action thriller.

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Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) begins his life struggling to come to terms with his developmental disorder. He struggles to socialise, finds bright lights disturbing and is obsessive about completing puzzles. Unable to cope, his mother leaves him with his military father, who decides that the best form of therapy for his son is both extreme and torturous.

As an adult, and now seemingly in control of his autism, Christian has channelled his profound mathematical abilities into a career as an accountant—or at least that’s what we’re supposed to believe, until we discover that this very complex man is not what he seems.

When he encounters Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) during an audit of a robotics company, there’s an immediate attraction. But to woo her, there are a few obstacles he will first need to overcome.

The Accountant is a totally unexpected surprise. With very little to do with the fiscal profession, Affleck’s accounting is a far more visceral game of bloodshed and destruction. It’s a clever film in that it twists and turns in relatively new ways, but it may be a turn too many for some.

Not for the faint-hearted, the violence is brutal and the content often confronting, but there’s something quite original and compelling about The Accountant that makes for satisfying viewing. And at over two hours in length, you want to be gripped—which for most of the film, you are.

Subverting moral norms and presenting a different perspective on being an intellectual savant, The Accountant packs a pretty serious return for cinematic investment. 

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Director: Gavin O’Connor

Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Runtime: 2 hours, 8 mins

Release Date: November 3

Rating: MA 15+

Reviewer Rating: 4/5


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