Date seen: Saturday 12th November 2016
Year released: 2016
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.”
My husband and I have had “The Accountant” on our ‘to watch’ list since we saw the trailer a few months back. Ben Affleck seems to be getting greater and greater in his capabilities as an actor (and occasionally director) so we were looking forward to seeing him in the challenging role this movie had for him.
We were not disappointed.
There was never a dull moment in the movie. Ben Affleck was phenomenal as the autistic Christian Wolff, in my opinion hitting the mannerisms and peculiarities perfectly on the head. A well deserved mention should go to Seth Lee who played young Christian in flashback scenes too. Affleck’s performance is both engaging and mesmerising, and as we start heading into Oscar season, I wouldn’t be surprised if his performance here didn’t at least make him a contender.
There were a few twists and turns, as you’d expect with any thriller. One or two things admittedly were glaringly obvious from the front in my opinion (the ‘hitman’ type character’s relation to Wolff was no surprise to anyone) but there were still a few surprises as the storyline progressed. The reveal of the ‘English voice’ who acted as Christian’s guide throughout the movie, while obviously electronic, was a complete surprise when revealed who was behind it.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable movie; fast pacing which kept up throughout, great performances from everyone involved and thrilling enough to keep us entertained for two hours.
My rating: 8/10