Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
The Accountant is one of those films I went into not knowing what to expect. Normally I can go in with a preconceived expectation based on my opinions of the trailer. For example I can go into a movie thinking that I’ll probably enjoy it or maybe even that I’ll hate it. Then it’s up to the film to prove me wrong either way. However for The Accountant, for lack of a better term, I was numb to it.
It didn’t look like something I would necessarily hate but it also didn’t look like something I’d love. I was actually going to skip this one entirely until a friend asked me to go and see it with him. I get the impression, that I’m not alone in getting this vibe from this movie. So if you were like me and unsure about it, then this review is for you.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) has more of an affinity for numbers than people. He makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organisations. After Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client, the body count starts to rise the closer he gets to the truth.
Right then, like I said earlier I didn’t know what to think about this film going in. What do I think now I’ve seen it? It’s pretty good.
Granted I’d set the bar low, but I laughed more than I thought I would and I was more invested in characters than I thought I would be too. Just don’t stop to think about the plot too long. After all, a Jason Bourne level super badass *deep breathe* accountant with austism, is a rather daft premise.
The interactions Wolff has with people, him ‘uncooking the books’ and his general mystic that come with the first half of the movie are by far the best moments. Once the action gets underway it just becomes another hollywood action film. Other than a really quite good hotel scene with Anna Kendrick’s chararcter, the fact that Wolff has autism drops to the side and he really could be anyone. I do get the impression that the director was very much inspired by the John Wick franchise with the action scenes for this.
My only real complaint, if I can actually call it that, is that unlike in some films lose threads arent tide up in the end and plot lines are forgotten about, everything in this one ties to together. Everything. However it’s not in a cool ‘oh my God I can’t believe that twist’ kind of way. It’s more of a ‘…oh, okay…bit of an unessisary connection there. Sure whatever’ vibe.
Overall The Accountant is a surpringly good film that much to my dissapointment wasn’t actually an accountancy documentary. Once you get over that though it’s quite funny, a little intense (for accountancy) and rather endering.