Producer: Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Williams
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bertha, Jeffrey Tabor, Cynthia Addai Robinson, John Lithgow
The Accountant tells the story what appears to be an accountant someone who works out is a strip mall and is affected by a form of autism. This allows him to focus on his bookeeping to the point that he can take boxes of paperwork that fills a room and find the hidden accounts.
But that isn’t all as you learn through flashbacks he was trained by his father, along with his brother, to shoot, fight, and in general become a killing machine. His autism effects this too as his focus is absolute whether it is in placing his shots perfectly or knowing precisely how to disarm and kill a person.
During this entire time there is a treasury agent trying to find the accountant as he is the accountant to not just mom and pop businesses but also to drug cartels, terrorist organizations, and the Mafia. But he has his identity so well there is no clear picture of him only the back of his head.
This is an interesting story. I remember reading an article from Sweden on how they were using some people with a form of autism in network repair and coding as they are able to focus on the problem ignoring all distractions. And this movie seems to build on that premise. Ben Affleck also does a good performance as someone who has to mimic normal human emotions in order to blend in with other people. As well as to learn how to read those emotions on other people’s faces.
If you’re looking for action there is enough in this movie to satisfy you. As well as some twists that you may not expect. Because it is rated “R” it has its share of profanity and violence and is more suitable for an older teen audience at the least.
I give this movie three and a half stars.