Movie Review: The Accountant

Movie Review: The Accountant


Genre: Action

Rating: R

Running Time: 128 mins.

Premise: An accountant on the autism spectrum (played by Ben Affleck) works for shady clients, and doles out Bourne-style justice to wrongdoers. Things reach a head when he uncooks the books for an evil robotics corporation and the Treasury Department zeroes in on him.

Behind-the-Scenes: This former Black List screenplay had several high-profile stars attached to it (including Will Smith) before finally moving forward with Affleck. Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Miracle) directs.

The Good: Undemanding viewers will be rewarded with solid action movie thrills, in what could be a new franchise for Affleck. Reminded me a lot of The Bourne Identity and The Long Kiss Goodnight. There are excellent supporting actors like Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal and JK Simmons in the cast, all of whom get their own moments to shine. The script sets up some interesting mysteries that it pays off (even if they become increasingly predictable as the movie progresses). It has a healthy dose of humor throughout and never really takes itself too seriously, which is a good thing because...

The Bad: The story is ridiculous! Nearly every plot development strains credulity and Affleck has no real handle on his character or how to play him. One minute, he's an efficient killing machine, the next he's an awkward math savant. None of it is very believable, and the script is oddly structured - there's a 15-minute monologue with backstory delivered by Simmons that grinds the movie to a halt in the back half.

Should You See It?: Nah. It does what it needs to do, but you'll have plenty of chances to watch it on TNT in a few months. It's that kind of movie.

Star Rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars.

Better Than: Reindeer Games, Jason Bourne

Worse Than: The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Bourne Identity

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