“The Accountant,” directed by Gavin O’Connor, is a crime drama masterpiece that combines intense action scenes with a deep and interesting storyline to create plot, which leaves the audience on the edge of their seat and craving more.
“The Accountant” tells the story of Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), a mathematics savant who manages money for some of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world. Wolff’s father was a general in the military and Christian’s strict upbringing combined with his autism leads him into a very unusual life. When Wolff learns that U.S. Treasury Agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) is looking into him for his involvement with the crime rings, he is hired to work for a state of the art robotics company as a way to legitimize his name. At this company he meets Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), a minor accountant who catches a large discrepancy with the company’s money. As they uncover more about the stolen money, the body count around them begins to rise.
“The Accountant’s” cinematic choices make the viewers feel as if they are a part of the movie. For example, the use of dark lighting and medium shots (shots that tend to be from the hips up on characters, giving a realistic feel) give viewers the impression of being in the house battling “The Assassin” (Jon Bernthal) in one of the final scenes of the movie. During this scene, the use of lighting and fast movements of the camera created tons of suspense.
Overall, “The Accountant” rates four and half stars out of five for its deep and interesting plot combined with interesting actors and great acting. Although it had its flaws, such as a sometimes redundant script, the good outweighed the bad and it will keep viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time. “The Accountant” did a fantastic job of combining intense scenes with a deep, interesting plot to create a masterpiece capable of qualifying for upcoming movie awards.