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'The Accountant' is a 2016 American action thriller that deserves more recognition than it has received to date with its well-crafted plot and twists.

Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’ – A Hidden Asset

The Accountant movie, Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons

Chris Wolff (Ben Affleck), whose brilliance as a forensic accountant is demanded by organized crime syndicates around the globe, is a high functioning Asperger math savant. Chris’s backstory equips him with the martial arts necessary to defend himself against the most violent of his clients.

His clients communicate via cell phone to an anonymous woman whose identity is not known until the very last five minutes of the film. In pursuit of Chris are Ray King (the always satisfying J.K. Simmons), a director in the Treasury Department, and Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), who is bullied into cooperation.

With the Treasury Department’s financial crime division in hot pursuit, Chris is hired by a robotics company to analyze a multi-million dollar accounting discrepancy. Dana (Anna Kendrick), a low-ranking accountant, is asked to support Chris as he disentangles the complicated income statements. Together they realize that the company has a very troublesome past of malfeasance. Soon the body count rises.

The script is so well crafted and intricate, with major subplots involving what seems like minor characters at first, that the viewer will not know what’s coming. A complicated structure that requires patience and a high level of focus, The Accountant will not be for those whose minds wander as in so many action thrillers. But this brainy film is certainly not your typical adrenaline-pumping action flick. The writers combine the autistic/accounting sides of the savant with the backstory of intense family dysfunction. The tragic family dynamics switch to humor, at moments, for relief.

An intricately structured thriller boasting multiple plot twists and heart-pounding surprise turns, some viewers may think the narrative requires too much concentration. An entertaining, high calibre action drama makes The Accountant a largely satisfying crowd-pleaser for those who like something else besides sniper attacks and car chases. Four out off five stars!


About Ruthie Augustein

Alliance Ohio native who attended Kent State University. Studies mainly focused on Sociology/Psychology. Ruthie has had a variety of jobs the most interesting being a singing clown delivering balloons. Ruthie's main focus has always been animal rescue. A cause she feels is her calling in life. Writing has always been an outlet that allows her to share her thoughts on various people and events. In her spare time she enjoys sitting on the sofa on her front lawn watching the grass grow.

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