The Accountant movie cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J K Simmons, Jon Bernthal
The Accountant movie director: Gavin O’Connor
Drug cartels, terror outfits, corrupt multinationals, Treasury agents, juvenile delinquents, share brokers, absent mothers, disciplinarian fathers. And yes, one high-functioning autistic.
Figure the math. Or don’t. For, director O’Connor has factored in mathematics too to give us a hero who multiplies numbers as fast as he eliminates people, who beats himself literally to sleep while gazing upon a Pollack fixed on the ceiling, who lives in fancy hotels for their water pressure and soft towels, who has his own special vehicle and a guardian angel speaking over a computer, and who barely talks. And no, Ben Affleck is not Batman.
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He is ‘Christian Wolff’. This is the latest name taken on by the autistic child whose mother left him over constant fights with his father, whose Army father thinks “making him face his fears” is the only way to cure his son of his disability, who now hobbles with the world’s baddies, and in spare time helps the neighbourhood oldies. His younger brother, meanwhile, looks on and on without comment.
While Wolff has been juggling the baddies and the oldies quite nicely, a Treasury agent called Ray King (an unconvincing Simmons) has been keeping watch. King wonders at the hazy figure photographed in the snaps of the world’s villains they have been collecting, and adjudges this person to be ‘the accountant’. The movie-going public, of course, are in no doubt at all once they have spotted in the photos that head tilt of Affleck’s.
In a roundabout way, that takes a detour through a multi-billionaire’s lair — yielding, apart from the always-menacing John Lithgow, the petite and unnecessary Anna Kendrick — King and Wolff trudge on to a bullet-riddled conclusion.
It has little to do with maths, Lewis Carroll, Renoir, Pollack, Taliban, a Vera Wang dress that Kendrick talks at length about, and some of the other words you may hear along the way.
Oh, autism? They are sticking by that story.