Everything You Need to Know About: ‘The Accountant’

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This weekend, Ben Affleck sets his Batman cap and cowl aside for his new thriller The Accountant about a globetrotting numbers-cruncher tangled up in a sinister plot. Interested? Here’s the basics…

Who’s in it?

Backing up Affleck is Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Jean Smart and John Lithgow.

What’s it about?

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math wiz who struggles to relate with others. His day job is a dull CPA position in a small town, but in reality he cooks the books for nefarious criminal organizations around the world. He basically makes their operations appear legal. But when he takes on a new client, his two lives begin to meld in disastrous and violent ways.

Why should I care?

It’s been a while since the leading man has been on the big screen not battling the villainy of Gotham City. Since Gone Girl in 2014 to be exact. And besides his upcoming gangster film Live by Night, it’s not going to happen again for a while. So if you just love Ben Affleck, this flick’s for you!

Here’s what critics are saying:

“With its chilly atmosphere, unhurried pacing, minimal music, and close attention to behavior (not just the unwavering routines of its main character), this movie could’ve been made in the ’70s.”

-Chris Klimek [NPR]

The Accountant is, if nothing else, singular in lending an action-movie cliché an absurdly peculiar and elaborate backstory. ‘I like incongruity,’ Wolff says in one scene. The Accountant does, too, but maybe a bit too much.”

-Jake Coyle [Associated Press]

“Madness abounds in The Accountant, an intense, intricate, darkly amusing and action-infused thriller that doesn’t always add up but who cares, it’s BIG FUN.”

-Richard Roeper [Chicago Sun-Times]

“Ben Affleck plays an ass-kicking autistic man who travels the globe under a series of aliases and performs elite maths for some of the world’s most dangerous people – this is a real thing starring real people and made with real money.”

-David Ehrlich [IndieWire]