Ben Affleck plays a high-functioning autist who works as a phorensic accountant (checking the books of companies to see where money has gone missing). His work brings him into contact with various nefarious individuals. Fortunately, he was trained in martial arts as a kid by his father (a US army colonel), meaning that he can ruthlessly deal with such nefarious individuals. He’s pretty much a superhero. While checking on the books of one company, employees start getting bumped off by someone trying to cover up the theft of 60 million dollars. The baddies soon decide to come for Ben (and the pretty admin assistant who discovered there was a problem in the first place). Ben has to protect the assistant and take out a small army, which he does, and that’s about it. The plot could have done with a few extra twists, but this is a film that engages you with its characters enough that you don’t really mind. Various film critics have been quite ungenerous about The Accountant, but it does bring something new to your average Hollywood thriller. It’s a movie with a heart. I’d give it 7.5 out of 10.
The Accountant – reviewed!