Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Movie Review: The Accountant (2016)

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The Accountant (2016) - Directed by Gavin O'Connor; Written by Bill Dubuque; Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Jean Smart.

By Kenny Howell

As much fun as it is to see Ben Affleck shoot people in the face, The Accountant just doesn't add up.

I hate myself for writing that, but I am sure I am not the first. But it is true. The Accountant is an interesting idea with a couple of good elements, but just never really comes together, and peters out majorly by the end.

Affleck (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) plays Christian Wolff, an autistic man that is an accountant that cleans up the books of some very scary people around the world. He also is an assassin, trained by his military father to protect himself because of the condition that he doesn't truly understand.

He is hired by a robotics company who had some money gone missing to find out where the leak is. He is offered help by the accountant named Dana, played by Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), that found the mistake, but goes about it on his own. He uncovers something, and that soon puts Christian and Dana in danger.

At the same time, investigators in the Treasury Department are closing in on Christian. His picture has popped up all over the world with some scary people, and they want to know what his role is, and find out just how dangerous he is.

The Accountant is an interesting idea, and Director Gavin O'Connor does delve into Christian's condition early on to really give you a solid idea of how he operates, and how that really benefits his job. However, it starts to fall apart right about the time that Anna Kendrick appears, which is terribly unfortunate. She is delightful and is delightful in this movie, but there really is no reason for her to be there, except for maybe to be a bubbly personality next to the reserved Christian.

As the movie ramps up to the end, just before the final showdown, the movie detours in about a 15 minute backstory about a minor character that could have come in the first half of the movie, or better yet, should have been cut all together. Luckily, Ben Affleck gets back to shooting faces soon enough, but by then it isn't enough to save it.

Rating: **

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