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Matt’s Movie Corner: The Accountant

Matt Schnettler, Journalist

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This October 13th, I found my way into the first showing of The Accountant at Parkwood 18 theaters. The Accountant is an action/crime thriller staring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Bernthal. It follows the story of Christian Wolff, a savant accountant who makes his living cooking books for high profile criminal clients. The Accountant provides a welcome twist on modern action movies and provides some great scenes, but stumbles it’s way through the theme.

The biggest thing to know about Christian Wolff is that he’s autistic. It’s a character trait that’s celebrated in this movie more than it’s exploited. Wolff’s high spectrum autism is what allows him to be so good at his work. The movie begins by walking through Wolff’s daily life, how he lives out his daily routine, and how his autism helps and hinders him. The main conflict in The Accountant starts with a job at a prosthetics company, when Wolff is tasked with some tough math to track down some stolen money. All is not as it seems in this case however, and when Wolff discovers something he’s not meant to, he and fellow accountant Dana Cummings (played wonderfully by Anna Kendrick) must go on the run and discover who set them up.

This seems corny, yes, but this is a very well thought out movie. Out of all the things that could’ve gone wrong with it, very few did. Here are a few close saves:

  • The main character’s autism spectrum disorder is handled very well, and Ben Affleck does a pretty good job playing it with grace. Many careful steps were taken in the production of this movie to make sure it wasn’t portrayed insensitively.
  • Going into this movie I was worried they would use the main character’s autism as the reason he was so good at fighting. Rather, this is explained as Wolff grew up under a military father who forced his son to become tough as away to protect him from people who might try to take advantage
  • The story of the FBI agent tracking Wolff down is an entertaining subplot that adds to the main story without intruding. J.K. Simmons (the farmers insurance guy) does a great acting job as always.

The biggest weaknesses in The Accountant come from the writing, you can’t help but cringe at some of the dialogue, and while the story rounds off to an entertaining beginning, middle and end, it comes with a twist you’ll see coming a mile away. The Accountant also falls victim to having action exactly like so many other action movies of it’s kind. This kind of stuff really takes a person out of the movie.

The Accountant really pulls it off, while it might seem that way on the surface, you’re definitely not getting your run of the mill action movie with this one.

Grade: B

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