The Accountant (2016)
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Screenplay by: Bill Dubuque
Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Alison Wright, Jason Davis, Robert C. Treveiler, Seth Lee, Ron Prather and Jean Smart.
Tagline: Calculate your choices.
Christian Wolff (Affleck), a mathematics savant, was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum as a child. His father, a military vet, forced Christian to deal with the things that triggered him. Dad also provided martial arts and weapons training for Christian and his brother.
Now an adult, Wolff uses his math talents as an accountant to criminal enterprises. He operates out of a small office that is a front. Wolff also owns several businesses used to launder money. Wolff is hired by Lamar Blackburn (Lithgow), the billionaire owner of Living Robotics, to check his books. What Wolff discovers puts in motion a chain of events that result in several murders. At the same time Wolff is dealing with this, he learns that the Treasury Department has been investigating him and are about to close in.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)
Ben Affleck is excellent as Christian Wolff. He is supported by an amazing cast. Standouts include Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. Kudos to the always excellent Jon Bernthal, who owns every scene he’s in.
The Accountant features a cool twist that I didn’t see coming.
I’d love for Affleck and Bernthal to return in a sequel.