Review: The Accountant (2016)

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“Aggression, correctly channeled, overcomes a lot of flaws. Tapping into that aggression requires peeling back several layers of yourself.”
– Young Chris’s Father

SYNOPSIS: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6Well, to be honest, I was hoping for a little more from this movie, and was left a little disappointed. It isn’t a bad movie, not at all, it’s just a really flat movie that never went for the potential that it had.

The Accountant is shot really well, and for the most part the performances are pretty good, too. It also has a really interesting premise – an autistic man who is a math genius, extremely trained, an assassin, and an accountant? Yes, I liked where this was going. Sadly, that was about as exciting as it got. The fight scenes were choreographed well and so much fun to watch – they were gritty, great hand to hand combat and hardcore gun fights, so definitely cool. Christian Wolff was quite an interesting character, too. Heck, there was even some entertaining awkward humour sprinkled throughout this, which I appreciated.

All that being said, there are some issues. For one, the story was pretty weak, and the plot twists were rather obvious. Especially the “very big one”. Also, Affleck didn’t have me convinced more than half the time in his role, which was rather annoying. Bernthal was great to watch though, but pretty much played what he always plays. This is not a bad thing, he’s excellent like that. Kendrick, too, played the awkward character I have come to expect from her. J.K Simmons was good, too, but Cynthia Addai-Robinson didn’t impress me at all.

The movie played it really safe, instead of going for glory, which is why it is a decent movie, but ultimately rather flat and totally forgettable. Messy, flawed, but nevertheless a decent action-thriller flick.

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10 thoughts on “Review: The Accountant (2016)

  1. Often Off Topic says:

    I’m 100% with you on this. To me I felt like the movie peaked too early, and the following 40 minutes or so just dragged so far. It’s a shame because it could have been great! Poor Ben Affleck isn’t having the greatest time right now 😦

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  2. Tom says:

    I really liked this but I can see why people did not. It’s probably not Gavin O’Connors best, Warrior was amazing and this hardly compares, but quite honestly I think this was one of Ben Affleck’s most interesting and fun performances. I agree with you on the flaws though. The story kind of just doesn’t take off

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    • Zoë says:

      Affleck was fine, but his rendition of autism was not really fine. There were times where he was just… not gelling with the character sufficiently (the eye contact was a big thing for me). Yeah, the story is always there and wanting to go, but just stagnates more than anything.

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