Details from IMDB:

The Accountant (2016)

7.7/10

18,402

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

Director:

Gavin O’Connor

Writer:

Bill Dubuque

Initial Thoughts:
Despite his occasional missteps (Batman V Superman for example) I like Ben Affleck and I will often see a movie because he’s in it. Anna Kendrick is another actor that I enjoy and of course J.K. Simmons is generally good as it Jon Bernthal (he killed it as Punished on the second season of Daredevil). All that plus a decent rating brought us to see the movie a little while ago.
Main Points:
I won’t get into the plot (as it is rather convoluted/confusing)¬† but I’ll discuss the main character. Affleck plays Christian Wolff an account with high-functioning autism and a very unique skill set. To be honest his character is like some kind of superhero, he’s an amazing account, expert marksman, ex-military and an fantastic martial artist. He is also a loner who travels from place to place, use fake identities and works for all sorts of criminal type clients. His character is like some alternate universe version of Batman/Bruce Wayne, only he kills people, a lot.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this movie, the action scenes are excellent and there are actually some nice funny parts spread throughout to break the tension. The movie has a soft heart and it’s center and gives a fairly positive message (though sad) at the end. It was also cool to see Bernthal (aka Punish) and Affleck (aka Batman) duke it out. The movie though is fairly hard to describe and I think ultimately forgettable. I think the problem here is the that the movie tries to have this serious side-plot with the treasury agents and a throws in a twist and ultimately doesn’t have the time to deal with it well. Simmon’s in particular seems wasted as his character has more than a few similarities to the cop he played in Terminator: Genisys.
Final Thoughts:
If “Sully” is still out where you are (I’ll be reviewing that soon) I’d recommend that over “The Accountant”. But if you want to see Affleck kick some ass (and do so amazing math) this could be the movie for you. I give it a mild recommendation and a 6.5 out of 10. Certainly not for kids, ages 17+ due to violence and language (the torture scene in particular, while it doesn’t show a lot is still disturbing), until next time!