The Accountant

The Accountant

Gavin O'Connor (2016)

122min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ben Affleck will have relished the idea of subverting the image of the mild-mannered pen-pusher, but this drama from Jane Got a Gun director Gavin O'Connor ties him up in knots with twists and turns that all add up to not a lot. By day, Affleck wears a pair of Clark Kent-style spectacles and struggles with autism, but implausibly, when he whips those glasses off, he becomes a Bourne-like assassin. He also crunches numbers for international crime rings and attracts the attention of JK Simmons's treasury agent who appoints a rookie (blandly played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to seek him out. Between scenes of her scouring the internet and Affleck doing maths for a corporate client (John Lithgow), the narrative follows a hitman (Jon Bernthal) doing business in the same circles, fails to ignite a romance between Affleck and Anna Kendrick as the accountant who first spots anomalies in Lithgow's books) and includes flashbacks to the antihero's troubled childhood. But O'Connor cannot find balance in a convoluted story that veers wildly between action, conspiracy, romantic comedy and even a bit of Greek tragedy. Simply, the various elements do not compute and instead of stirring your emotions at the end, you're left nonplussed.

Summary

High-functioning autistic number-cruncher Christian Wolff moonlights as a money launderer for the mob. However, the Treasury Department start closing in on him, so he decides to take on a legitimate client in the form of a robotics company. As he works through their books, he uncovers a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. Thriller, starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and JK Simmons.

Cast & Crew

Christian Wolff Ben Affleck
Dana Cummings Anna Kendrick
Ray King J K Simmons
Brax Jon Bernthal
Francis Silverberg Jeffrey Tambor
Lamar Blackburn John Lithgow
Marybeth Medina Cynthia Addai-Robinson
Rita Blackburn Jean Smart
Director Gavin O'Connor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Nov 2016
Drama