The Accountant

| October 7, 2016

If Jason Bourne and John Wick became sexually involved, and chose to become parents, they face a few challenges. First, how do two men have a child? Well they could adopt but what if they wanted something a little more personal than that? Something that truly came from them. Well, we now have a science that allows the genetic material from more than one donor to be implanted into the egg of a surrogate. Let’s imagine that Jason and John decided this was the best thing to do. Except, they unknowingly chose a surrogate that was a carrier of autism and thus their beautiful baby boy came out autistic. Then imagine that this boy idolized Batman growing up. If this happened then the result would definitely be “The Accountant.”

These are all really good things! The Accountant, written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge) and directed by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory), learns so much from these previous franchises and uses them to their advantage. The film is completely sold by Ben Affleck’s (Gone Girl) portrayal of Chris, a high functioning autistic accountant whose life is much more extraordinary than it seems. When Dana, an accountant for a very wealthy high tech consumer electronics company played by Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), discovers an anomaly in the financial books Chris is hired to find the fiscal leak. This lands him in the middle of a very deadly scandal; something he is all too familiar with. The scenario is so interesting that I was noticeably excited to see what happened next!

That being said, this is not a perfect movie by any means. The filmmakers do such a good job of creating a believable world that it’s quite disappointing when you’re removed from it due to poor casting or shameless brand plugging. Anna Kendrick, whom I think is fantastic, was a terrible choice for the Ben Affleck’s opposite. From the moment her face beams onto the screen she is so far away from authentic that the rest of the film suffers for it. The relationship between the two main characters doesn’t work and all the chemistry is forced. It’s a shame because the writing is there, the matchup just feels so overly Hollywood that it can’t be excused. It doesn’t help that they fall together far too quickly and don’t get enough screentime to let the spark breath.

Even with all it’s caveats I still didn’t predict all of the twists and turns. At the end I walked out feeling kind of stupid that I didn’t see more of it coming, but the pacing is exactly the right tempo that there is no time to question anything. As soon as one query enters your head it’s replaced by another scene to ponder.

You will enjoy this film. This is one that is worth the theater; popcorn, drink, the whole shebang. Take your friends. The conversation after the film should be interesting as well; and if nothing else it will hold you over until John Wick 2 hits in 2017.

About the Author:

Mathew Tyler Jordan is an independent filmmaker, writer, and musician originally from a small village in Northern Ohio. Mathew made his way to Chicago, only after stopping in Southern Illinois to gain some experience and a little country inspiration, but he left with that and a little more. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is the founder of GamTimeTV in Cleveland.
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