By Bonnie DeShong
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) has a functional form of autism and possesses the ability to complete any puzzle (even if it is upside down), or any complex mathematical problem.
As a child his mother wants him to receive professional help. His father (Robert C. Treveiler) is a military man in special operatives and feels that Christian can be physically trained in controlling his autism. After Christian’s mother leaves him and his younger brother Brax with their father they both are put through grueling military type training in hand to hand combat and weaponry.
With his analytical skills and lack of social skills Chris becomes an accountant. The film does not explain how he becomes the accountant to deadly crime families around the world, but it appears he is really good at it.
One day Chris has a chance meeting with agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) of the Treasury Department which begins a strange relationship. King assigns one of his agents Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to track Christian and find out just what he is up to and who he is working with.
In keeping a low profile, Christian takes a legitimate job to find some discrepancies in a progressive Robotic Company’s books. While there he meets a fellow accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) and has to resort to his military style training to protect her and complete the puzzle to reveal who is stealing money.
The Accountant is action packed, intriguing, funny, and suspenseful with twists and turns. Ben Affleck as Christian is warm, cold, loveable, scary, and brings a different look to what many of us think we know about autism.
Anna Kendrick is lovable as Dana Cummings, however, she doesn’t seem to be too unnerved with all the craziness that is going on around her. If I found out someone was trying to kill me and I am being protected by someone I think is a shy accountant but has an arsenal in a storage space, I would be hysterically freaked out, even if the accountant was as good looking as Chris.
The ending will surprise some and be predictable to others but I really like the possibility of a sequel.
SPEND THE MONEY and see THE ACCOUNTANT in the theater. It is worth the price of admission, popcorn, and drink.
Until next time keep your EYE to the sky!