The Accountant

Jake Giles, Staff Writer

Aside from Ben Affleck’s stellar performance, “The Accountant” will leave audiences feeling like they didn’t get what they paid for. The movie, directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by Bill Dubuque, was far from perfect. It’s flawed plot and script along with over-the-top violence resulted in the movie being a mediocre experience. However, there were upsides to the movie. The cast, including Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, and Anna Kendrick all gave great performances.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an accountant in Chicago who suffers from autism. From a young age he was able to solve puzzles and math problems quickly. His dad, an army man (played by Robert C. Treveiler), forces both of his sons to stand up for themselves and fight when given the chance. Christian goes to jail and meets a criminal bookkeeper (Jeffrey Tambor) and gets into the business of keeping the books for some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. His work leads him to a job at a prosthetic arm factory to find where money is escaping from. Treasury department agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) and his associate Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) catch wind of this accountant and go on a manhunt.

Dubuque throws so many factors and twists into the plot that it all becomes a bit of a jumbled mess by the end. Also, with all of the shootouts and machine guns, Dubuque comes across as an avid supporter of the 2nd amendment. He makes a nod to autism, and portrays those with the disease in a good light, but ultimately fails to pull the movie together. My biggest problem with “The Accountant” is the script.

Having said that, the movie was filmed well, as Gavin O’Connor used intriguing camera shots and details, and the actors did the best they could with the limitations of the script. All in all, the movie is a Ben Affleck hybrid of “Good Will Hunting” and “The Bourne Identity” that, according to Rotten Tomatoes, audiences are rating at 87% favorable, while critics are at 51%. This critic says save your money and rent it at Redbox for a buck.