Director : Gavin o Connor
Run Time : 2h 8 min
Rating : 3.5/5
I went in for The Accountant expecting it to be another Oscar bait. Coming right around the Oscar movie season, mostly being a humane thriller, a character study of sorts with a socially and emotionally challenged protagonist with an affinity for numbers and that is what this movie is, for the most part.
It is only when our protagonist along with his proficiency for crunching numbers also starts displaying his ruthless skill sets for crunching bones, does this film become a generic but fun action thriller.
The plot follows our protagonist (Ben Affleck) who is an autistic math savant who cooks and uncooks books for various dangerous criminal organisations. He is constantly on the move, having various aliases. When he takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client, he starts getting closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, and the body count starts to rise.
The story here is very typical and by the climax, also very melodramatic but its the treatment of the same familiar story that is new. Gavin O Connor delivers an action thriller which has gentle touches of drama, romance and awkward humor but in the end at the very core of its soul remains a character study.
Being a character study you expect the performances to be good and they are all great, what else would you expect from an A list star cast. But only one performance matters here and that is Ben Affleck’s accountant. Ben Affleck gives a very subtle and nuanced performance as this anti social math genius. He gets every beat of playing an autistic human right.
As much as i enjoyed the accountant, it doesn’t deliver anything new. It is generic and also downright predictable but Gavin O Connor isn’t trying to make his audience invest in the films story but in it’s character. The film throughout its constant switching between flashbacks and present gradually shows us the making of a man, the man in this case being the accountant.
The way he was brought by his strict army father in the past, the way he copes with his own lonely and dangerous present (one scene where he subjects himself to torture by flashlights and heavy metal music), all of which make for a compelling drama and if drama’s not your thing then their is always some bone crunching action waiting around the corner.