Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Accountant

The Accountant is your basic action-thriller with the twist being our main character is an autistic accountant who turns out o be a genius both with math and guns. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is targeted not by any one of his any number of dangerous clients but by a robotics company for confirming embezzling found by one of the firm's junior accountants (Anna Kendrick). The story also features a subplot involving a retiring agent (J.K. Simmons) of the Treasury Department and his protege of sorts (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) who are hunting the forensic accountant whose client list includes some of the world most dangerous criminal organizations.

The script by Bill Dubuque gets a little too cute for its own good tying in Christian's past, but the movie works better than I expected. Affleck is put to good use here as the autistic character I wouldn't mind seeing more of, and the pairing with Kendrick is refreshingly not by-the-book.

While there's nothing all that special about the film, and the Treasury Department plot isn't really necessary at all, The Accountant turns out to be a pretty solid (although certainly not spectacular) entry into its genre. Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include featurettes on the making of the movie, the film's stunts, and the choice of an autistic leading character.

[Warner Bros., Blu-ray $24.99, DVD $19.99]

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