The Accountant Reviewed by Jon E Clist


The Premise
Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian un-cooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

The Review
Firstly, did you know that the screenplay for this film was featured in the 2011 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. That should give you an idea of how good the story is underneath the action and drama. When you have a script like that, it is going to sometimes sit around for a wee while until it makes it on to the big screen, because the risk of someone ruining it is very high. It certainly feels as though it was waiting for the combination of Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor to tag team it and breathe life into it.

The story is brilliant and unfolds at a lovely pace with plenty of twists along the way. Some you might pick while others will hide before your eyes until the film makers decide to reveal their truths. There are plenty of ups, downs and sideways turns along the way interwoven with flashbacks to cleverly spin the tale and build the intensity.

Just like Christian Bale, Ben Affleck is perfect for roles like this where you need a general blank style of reaction. Too much emotional reaction would have taken you out of the flow of the film. As an Autistic character, Christian needed to have a realistic portrayal and as far as I am concerned, the child actor in the flashbacks and Affleck did a brilliant job of this.

The story is amazing, the action is brilliant and all of the actors and perfectly matched within this film. Check out this little featurette about it…

The Verdict
A well balanced and awesome film. Perfect.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 3rd November 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence & offensive language
Duration: 128 minutes 
Genre:  Thriller
Starring: Jon Bernthal, J.K Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow
Director: Gavin O’Connor (Jane Got A Gun)

The Extras
Anna Kendrick based her character on her mother, a real accountant who went over the script and explained the math to her daughter.

This was originally envisioned with Mel Gibson starring, with the Coen Brothers directing.

While for movie effect the script calls out the repeated use of the number '3' as an indicator of fraudulent numbers, the theory behind fraudulent number detection is known as Benford's law. The law states that in numbers such as account transactions the probability of a number occurring naturally drops as one moves from smaller numbers to the larger numbers following a logarithmic scale. This law has been successfully used to detect fraudulent accounting transactions.

The two paintings featured in the story are: "Woman with Parasol and Child"--Renoir, 1874 & "Free Form"--Pollock, 1946.

What Anna Kendrick's character says about the University of Chicago is true; the school's unofficial slogan is "Where fun comes to die."

Throughout the film, Ben Affleck's character recites the rhyme "Solomon Grundy" to calm himself down. In the DC comics, Solomon Grundy is actually a villain who comes into conflict with Batman. Affleck plays Batman in the DC Extended Universe. Additionally, one of Affleck's character's aliases is based on author Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the DC comics, the supervillain the Mad Hatter is obsessed with the story.