The Accountant

Posted on October 15, 2016


The Accountant – An autistic, neuro-something child, his mom left him and his brother with a sadistic father who taught them to fight and to show no mercy. He has no social skills and no filters. He grows up to be The Accountant (Ben Affleck) with an off the charts math ability, sometimes helping people get all the deductions they are due but mainly uncooking the books for crime organizations. His Siri-like PA calls him Dreamboat and keeps him one step ahead of the Treasury Department.

Affleck has always been good at unemotional, robot-like characters and this time the role calls for it. A great ensemble cast: tiny Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart (used to be statuesque, now just skinny), Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Alison Wright.

Quite a bit of violence, no dirty words or sex. A surprise close to the ending – well, I figured it out. A running line throughout is “You should go” and that’s my advice if you want to see a pretty good movie.