The Accountant movie review: This thriller doesn’t add up

The Accountant movie review: 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.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Published:October 14, 2016 7:17 pm
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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.

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.

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    Ben Affleck
    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:13 am
    This movie was awesome! Not sure what this dudes deal is...
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    Robin Prabhu
    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:09 am
    Great movie... Definitely Worth a watch... I didn't like Ben affleck until I watched this movie... Not a great reviewer.
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    Jim Chua
    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm
    This reviewer can't even spell "Pollock"??? Does she even know what she is ranting about? She should get a new job or do it better... 🙏🏼
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    The Accountant
    Oct 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm
    Did the critic see the same movie as I did?? This movie was incredible!! This review comes off as very lazily written and also contains a minor spoiler which I wont point out for obvious reasons. The critic makes out the movie to be cheesy and generic but it is exactly opposite to that. Though an action flick, the movie is also about the characters and their past which keeps you involved in the movie and such phenomenon is fairly rare when it comes to other action movies. The other thing that irritated me was the critic's reference to Ben Affleck's portrayal of the batman. You being a PROFESSIONAL critic should view a film and character for what it is and not compare or refer to the actor's other performance to make a quip(which wasnt witty at all). This the first time that I am reading this particular critic's review and I thought that this review was written very poorly and if anyone reads this review please ignore it. I give this review ONE star and the movie- The Accountant: FOUR stars
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    Oct 16, 2016 at 8:33 am
    The writer of this article, in my humble opinion did not understand the essence of the movie. She looks at the nuisances of the movie instead of watching the movie as a w. Throughout the review, she factually evaluates the movie but not once has she actually given her opinion. An opinion that people can maybe relate to before watching the movie. If I had read this article before going for the movie I might have avoided going in the first place and missed one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It involves mystery, adventure and a bit of Romance with Anna Kendrick(who in my opinion is not "unnecessary") which build up to be one roller coaster ride but with cl. Granted, the moral concept might be a little questionable and the autism might not have been portra ideally, but its a movie and a good one at that. It isn't worth all the negative comments you have written about it.
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    Pecan pie
    Oct 18, 2016 at 3:49 am
    I believe the critic would do a better job at reviewing toilets than movies.i guess she must have been watching her usual Saas bahu thing on her cell phone as the movie was playing and ended up writing the wrong review.I have watched this movie and definitely consider it worth anyone's time.The movie isn't stupid Shalini,you are.
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