Get set for a mind-boggling film of an accountant that always gets the job done.
Director Gavin O'Connor takes us on a complex adventure in The Accountant, depicting the life of Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), an accountant suffering from high-functioning autism. But Christian is not just your run-of-the-mill math wizard; whenever he takes on a client, danger and bullets seem to follow.
Living undercover in a small town in Chicago, Christian passes off as a local accountant who is not fond of socializing with the town folk.
CHRISTIAN WOLFF HELPING A COUPLE MINIMIE THEIR ANNUAL TAX RETURNS.
No one would guess that this off-putting man has travelled across the globe, working as a forensic accountant for all sorts of criminal organisations.
However, as the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division closes in on his identity, he is forced to take on a legitimate client to keep a low profile. Enter Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), an accountant employed by a robotics company, who discovers major discrepancies within the company's ledgers.
A budding romance starts to develop between the two as they connect over the numbers, but this also lands them in hot water and the body count starts to rise.
THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN BOTH CHARACTERS BEGINS TO SPARK OVER THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF NUMBERS.
Overall, the movie is confusing to say the least. To establish a connection to every character, there were many random scenes throughout the movie, and I often asked myself: "Is this actually important to the story?"
The saving grace for the film has to be the acting. Although Ben Affleck is no stranger to cold and strong alpha characters, the Batman actor was able to inject a human side to his character through touches of comedy, without over-delivering punch lines.
Anna Kendrick also did a great job by accentuating Christian's humanness and making him a lovable weirdo. I only wished she would have had more screen time to bring her unique comedic flare into the mix.
CHRISTIAN WOLFF ON A MISSION TO STOP WHOEVER IS COMING AFTER DANA AND HIMSELF.
Why do I truly think this movie is worth watching? The style is clearly distinct from the hundreds of other action-comedy-romance films.
People with neuro-developmental disorders are highly intelligent, but are not forthcoming with their deeper thoughts and emotions. Most of them are also awkward in social situations and often get judged because not many people can understand them.
The production team for this movie were geniuses in transporting us into the shoes of those with developmental disorders by jumbling up the back stories. Watching this movie gives you the sense of someone with a such a disorder attempting to put together pieces of a puzzle.
J.K SIMMONS TAKES ON THE ROLE AS RETIRING CHICAGO AGENT,
WHILE JON BERNTHAL PLAYS THE LEAD ANTAGONIST.
PHOTO CREDITS: WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Even though the content of the film may be a little too much to grasp all at once, it leaves you thinking further and connecting the dots in the movie.
The Accountant is an immense and engaging experience especially if you have someone in your life who has been diagnosed with developmental disorders. If not, at least you will be kept on the edge of your seats as Ben Affleck shoots to kill...and kick butt.
The Accountant (NC16) opens in cinemas on Oct 13.