A Calculated risk: A The Accountant review

Directed by: Gavin O’Connor.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow, Jeffery Tambor

Hard boiled action flicks are a dime a dozen these days, you will be hard pressed to find one that will jump out at you out of the mire of cliche. The Accountant however succeeds at doing just that.

The story of Christian Wolff, a man with high functioning autism who due to his affinity with numbers works as an accountant, an accountant with some very questionable clientele. 

Affleck delivers an admirable performance as the titular character, his various coping mechanisms and tiks, the inflection in his voice and his discomfort in social encounters are all brought across in a very affective and sympathetic manner making for a very original and likeable new take on a action hero that flys in the face of genre conventions. The superb supporting cast all give good performances, some genuine chemistry between Kendrick & Affleck, the driven veteran enforcement officer role filled with a great deal of effortless class by Simmons and Bernthal, already known for his bad ass action delivery is on point also.

With the popularity of films like John Wick and the Jason Bourne films, It is clear that the people behind this film have a franchise in mind. There is room in the genre for more invention in the dynamic of the action film and The Accountant feels like it could definitely go for another round, I for one would definitely make a return visit.


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