BY THE COMMANDER
3 (out of 4 stars)
Having two action-hero movies under his belt (Daredevil, Batman v Superman), Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, an autistic math genius, military combat veteran, hired assassin, bookkeeper, in the new film, The Accountant.
Before I get too deep into this, let me just say that I enjoyed this film. It's fun, exciting, James “Bond-ish,” Batman, Daredevil, Rain Man, and all other similar films rolled into one. The reality doesn't hold water, but it's a fun and exciting film. Just leave your intelligence at the door and you should have a good time.
Screenwriter Bill Dubuque created an interesting story, and director Gavin O'Connor's interpretation was very interesting, even if at times a little difficult to follow. The story goes forwards and backwards numerous times between Christian and his brother from their childhood to their adulthood.
The story is pretty simple. It starts out in a garage where someone is being attacked in his car by an enforcer for some reason (hopefully, we’ll find out the reason later). Now we zoom back in time to a family-style clinic in New Hampshire where Christian (Affleck), an autistic child with Asperger’s syndrome, is putting together a 1000-piece puzzle (upside down) with his brother along with other ‘special children’ watching. When the last piece is missing, Christian goes ballistic. His parents discuss Christian’s conditions with the doctor who recommends a course of treatment which causes tension between his parents, leading up to their separation and divorce.
Christian and his brother are eventually raised under the strong leadership of his father (Robert C. Treveiler). The brothers are home-schooled and take martial arts classes by their father. Christian follows his father’s career and joins the Military, expands his martial arts, and becomes proficient with firearms.
While being a math genius, he does the books for many unsavory characters and uncovers accounting irregularities, such as cooking the books and exposing embezzlement of corporate funds. Additionally, he just so happens to be a hitman/assassin, in order to make money on the side. I guess being an accountant doesn't pay that well.
Throw in a good guy cop in the form of J.K. Simmons as the Department of Treasury Supervisor, Ray King, who has assigned the task of identifying the mysterious accountant to the new female agent, Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). So who's the bad guy? Is it the head of the company being audited by the accountant, Lamar Black (John Lithgow) or is it Rita Blackburn, Board of Directors member (Jean Smart)? And how does cute little whistleblower, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) fit into the picture? Is she the love interest or the distraction? And who is this enforcer, Brax (Jon Bernthal)? What does he have to do with the story?
It's these types of questions, along with action and intrigue that makes this film so much fun. As usual, there were lots of twists and turns, but once again, I figured it out early in the movie, but it held my interest. I would recommend this movie for those who love eating popcorn while the action occurs. It's two hours of unadulterated fun.