The Accountant (2016)
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a gifted math genius who grew up with special needs. With a strong need to be alone and let his numbers do the talking, Christian doesn’t have many friends and only is know for being a local accountant in a small town. However, when the United States Treasury Department begins an investigation on him, it appears that Christian has many skeletons in his closet.
Recently Ben Affleck started a new career as the next Batman in the Justice League movies and I can’t help but feel like The Accountant is a parallel of Batman… if Batman had Autism or Asperger’s syndrome . The character of Christian Wolff is a loner who has special skills in combat, using weapons, and mathematics. He is a recluse and even has a special place that he hides away from prying eyes. Just like in the first Batman movie, Christian takes a liking to a female character (Anna Kendrick) who discovers who he truly is and has to save her. However, it was the moment that J.K. Simmons tells his story about his past and when he almost died that clued me into the Batman connections. Not only does J.K. Simmon’s role remind me of Commissioner Gordon, but J.K. Simmons will be playing Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming DC movies! So when you go to see The Accountant, look for Batman all over it!
As a movie, The Accountant is a decent thriller with a nice twist that will keep you entertained. There is enough plot elements to keep it from getting stale or too mindless in the action department. At first I found it hard to buy Ben Affleck as playing a role with mental handicaps, but it isn’t long before you are chuckling at his one liners that are literal and socially different from the standard norm. I’m afraid, however, that The Accountant will be forgotten as the years go by. It doesn’t do anything different for it to remain a stand out and might get lost in the shuffle. Regardless, I think The Accountant is a decent film and worth a look if you like the style. Co-starring Andy Umberger, Alison Wright, Jean Smart, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
7/10 Stars – Even with the parallels to Batman, The Accountant is a decent intellectual thriller that has a nice twist ending.