Movie Plot – The Accountant: Ben Affleck is an Accountant with some assassin skills working for a new client. When he uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth. The company stops his activities and fires him, but that’s not the end of it.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow
An accountant trained in martial arts and weapons
Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, an accountant with autism. He’s incredibly good with numbers and is someone who needs logic in his life. Humans, for example, make it hard for him to understand.
This also influences his relationship with other people. He distances himself while he also wants to connect with them, but he just doesn’t know how. Affleck may have this dead confused look in his eyes, but he does it well. He makes you feel that there is more to him.
Not only is he good with numbers, but he is also skilled in combat. He grew up learning those skills from his father in an unhealthy way. As a kid, he was forced to fight or to shoot. That gave him two skills where he’s extremely good at.
In this film, he’s someone who works as an accountant for dangerous clients. When Anna Kendrick’s character, an accounting clerk, has discovered a discrepancy, Christian steps in. The company hires him to investigate the matter, but quickly fires him when he comes close to the answer.
Anna Kendrick is rather a calm person who is trying to connect with Christian. As mentioned before, he’s not good at socializing. But, they do find a way to somehow make it work between them.
The Accountant is slow but interesting
To be clear, there are some action scenes in this film, but I don’t really consider being an action movie.
It’s more about Christian and the way he copes in life. I was intrigued by who he was and what made him. And it’s a pretty slow build-up.
The action scenes were not used for action purposes. It’s not like your typical Die Hard movie, where they have to include those scenes.
In the beginning, I was confused about where this movie was going with its story. It sometimes shows you a scene without any explanation of how Christian got there in the first place. Later on, in the film, you’ll find out the “why?” So you have to keep paying attention, and you don’t want to miss a thing.
The most exciting parts were the reveals of his past. It really shows us what shaped the man of becoming this individual. His father wanted him and his brother to become strong men, physically as the world is a cruel place. Autism wasn’t an excuse for him, so he forced Christian to learn how to fight.
Jon Bernthal and J.K. Simmons
Two other persons were interesting to me: Jon Bernthal and J.K. Simmons.
Jon Bernthal plays as a professional hitman in “The Accountant.” I kept on wondering how he was going to face Christian, and the face-off was better than I expected.
J.K. Simmons hired someone else to investigate the accountant. The investigation wasn’t the most exciting part, but the reason behind his research. I absolutely enjoyed his story arc.
My favorite part was the ending.
The action scenes were fascinating. It’s like watching Batman with a gun eliminating villains one by one. The execution was superb and believable. What makes it more credible is the fact that he is still vulnerable.
Not only that, but all the pieces were also coming together. And one dialogue partially, really made the film for me. You will know which scene if you’ve watched it.
The accountant is an excellent film, but not everyone will enjoy it. I would suggest you watch it as I found it to be a smart, entertaining movie.