Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Have you ever felt so lousy that you didn’t really care what you watched? That’s the way I felt when I found The Accountant after scrolling through a number of movie channels. I had little desire to see the film, but that was all that was on television that I was even remotely interested in. Would it grab my attention or cause me to snooze?
In this film, Ben Affleck is Christian Wolff, AKA: The Accountant. For years, he has been working as a forensic accountant, but Christian’s other activities have garnered the attention of the government. Chris has been laundering money through a series of dummy companies and has been linked to a Gambino crime family hit. Now the Feds are coming after him hot and heavy with Agent Ray King (JK Simmons) and Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) are right on his trail.
Realizing this, Chris decides to take a legitimate job, auditing the books of the Living Robotics Corporation after discrepancies are found by in-house accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick). Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow) and his sister Rita (Jean Smart) are concerned about these discrepancies in their books of course, but they are far from being suspect in the embezzlement scheme that Chris and Dana uncover. The problem is, someone doesn’t want Chris or Dana to find out who is behind the scheme.
As Chris and Dana try to ditch the people who want them dead, we are treated to flashbacks that reveal Chris’ autism diagnosis, his father’s insistence that the diagnosis can be overcome through rigorous training. Chris and his brother Braxton are trained in several forms of combat at a very young age, accounting for his fighting and shooting abilities. Ray King flashbacks reveal how Chris became involved in accounting, trained by a Gambino family accountant turned informant. King also reveals why he is so focused on Chris and why he wanted Medina to help him.
How did I feel about this movie? Well, I suppose there I have mixed feelings about this film. I liked the idea of Chris being diagnosed with autism and the correlation of his supposed handicap being what makes him amazing with numbers. I enjoyed the action scenes involving Chris and his quest to take out the man who has ordered a hit on Dana which leads him to a surprise reunion. I had that reunion all figured out halfway into the film (won’t reveal it in case you want to see it), but it was enjoyable. Hardly feasible, but incredibly enjoyable…as was the banter between the two during the final action scene in the film.
But then, I wondered why Anna Kendrick was even in this film…and what was the attachment that caused Chris to want to protect her so vigorously. He barely knew her and only bonded a bit over lunch while they were investigating the anomalies in the company’s books. So why didn’t he just walk away? The way the reveals are made are a bit slipshod, coming at strange moments and the reveals by Ray King…well, I just felt they weren’t all that realistic.
So, honestly, while there are things to like about this film, I can’t say that I would recommend it to all of my movie-loving friends. Nor can I say that I am anxiously awaiting the recently announced sequel that is planned. The Accountant was a thriller with entirely too few thrills and a less than believable plot to really rave about.