Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see the financial thriller ‘The Accountant’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Christian ‘Chris’ Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an extraordinary mathematician with a type of Autism, known as Asperger Syndrome, who works as an accountant in a small town office. However, he is an undercover martial arts expert and actuary who un-cooks the books for many criminal organisations all over the world.
The Treasury Department, led by Ray King (J.K Simmons), is on his trail and don’t have much success until Agent Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is hired to find the mysterious accountant.
Chris is hired by the legitimate client of a robotics company and fellow accountant, Dana (Anna Kendrick), has found a leak in the financial books. After some digging, they find the culprit, but are cut by the company and discover that their lives are in serious danger.
‘The Accountant’ is an intriguing thriller with a stellar cast including: Ben Affleck, Jon Bernthal, J.K Simmons, John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor and Anna Kendrick.
Ben Affleck gives a great performance as the charismatic accountant. He is truly funny and extremely awkward in this badass movie. He comes off as more of a vigilante than a criminal, though, it has to be said.
Despite its great cast, the film is slow and predictable. The story is told with a number of flashbacks that don’t show the true motives of the main characters. In the first half we see the hardship of the illness and its impact on a military family. Then suddenly, the movie changes and becomes ‘The Punisher’ with endless deaths and so much weaponry you lose count of it all.
Overall, however, ‘The Accountant’ is a fun and truly entertaining film despite some flaws in the story.
The Accountant open in cinemas Thursday 3rd November