The Accountant (2016) may not be what the trailers are trying to make it seem. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, who also directed Warrior (2011) and Miracle (2014), along with the acting talents of Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, and Jon Bernthal provide an incredibly fun Action and Crime drama. One name that is missing from the movie poster is Cynthia Addai-Robinson, probably known best for her role as Amanda Waller on The CW’s Arrow, who provides a great connection between J.K. Simmons’ and Ben Affleck’s characters.
My biggest problem with this movie is the trailer. Not because the trailer is bad but because I went in expecting one thing and came out enjoying something else. I feel like the trailer promises constant high intensity divided up with flashbacks explaining the character’s upbringing. Although the format is there, the “high intensity” isn’t really all that high. In the trailer we get this image of Christian Wolff, Affleck’s character, as possibly the most dangerous man ever since he has these connections with infamous war criminals and how he’s able to evade detection. The trailer amplifies the movie’s real tone because that’s what trailers do to get people to watch the movie.
The movie was overall very fun! Although it didn’t feel like Affleck’s character wasn’t under any immediate threat until the last third of the movie. I think that it is important to note a tool that the movie used to better understand Christian Wolff. To better connect with a character living with a specific case of Autism, something that may not be relatable to a lot of people, was the use of flashbacks. This is not a spoiler, just something of note. Whenever we have a flashback we see Wolff on his own and it makes us understand what he’s going through and what he’s thinking. The character’s history and present do make for a compelling story that I wish there was more of, because the story does run thin at some points. We don’t get much of Wolff’s dangerous clientele that the trailer uses to build him up.
Another way we get to connect with Wolff is through Anna Kendrick’s character, Dana Cummings. She’s the outsider who comes in for the audience’s benefit to make Wolff more relatable. Meanwhile J.K. Simmons’ and Cynthia Addai-Robinson’s characters are the cats in this “cat and mouse” game. Because Affleck’s character doesn’t have a lot of distinguished dialogue as most characters do in action first talk later movies, in this film it works as a way to emphasize his isolation. Because of this I think all of the supporting characters are crucial to make the film dynamic. Their strong dialogues and their actions help carry the movie throughout.
Overall, I would consider going out to see the film with friends for a good time. It definitely isn’t Jason Bourne but it has a certain twist that I think is great. Remember that not all movies are meant to be thought provoking and “Oscar worthy.” This is definitely a movie to indulge in for about 2 hours.*
*This has been a review by a person who wears glasses.