The Accountant is an action-thriller that is honestly hard to describe. It’s not a movie that’s about a plot or story but is more about introducing this character of Christian Wolff, an autistic accountant who was trained by his military father to defend himself with any and all means necessary. That means martial arts and gunplay, making him one of the deadliest people on the planet.
One thing that surprised me about the movie was how much time they spent explaining what autism is. The movie also seems to serve as a way to explain autism to the masses and then hiding the public service under an action-thriller movie starring Ben Affleck in a rare role where he proves that he does have the ability to act. Up until this point I had assumed that he was a better director than he was an actor but he actually does a pretty good job in this movie. As to whether or not his portrayal is an accurate representation of autism, I’m not the person to ask.
One interesting side story is JK Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who are members of the Financial Crimes for the Treasury. They are the ones who are trying to discover Wolff but they’re not really the main threat that Wolff has to deal with. In fact, they never really interact with each other throughout the movie.
The one way that I would describe this movie is that a lot of the plot lines are scattered around. It’s trying to be several things at once and it almost suffers. Even JK Simmons’ story towards the end of the movie is all over the place. Anna Kendrick is there in the movie but she’s barely a footnote, simply being the token damsel in distress.
That said, the action is solid and fun and the story has twists and turns that kept me invested throughout. I’m simply not surprised that the movie felt a little longer than it probably should have been.