Movie Review – The Accountant
The gist of it, I got bored with The Accountant before it was a third through. The story started off intriguing enough. A suit-wearing hunk who crunches numbers for the underworld, is autistic and shoots like Deadshot. The potentially abusive military dad backstory. And the other number cruncher who has an eye for fine arts. Quickly, however, the plot swirls into a mess of lame cliques that you could predict from a mile away. It was as if the scriptwriters were unsure what makes for a good story in this genre, so they dumped in every anti-hero stereotype they could think of. The result. Messy. So very messy and confusing. Anti-climactic at every turn too.
Which is a pity for Ben Affleck delivers a commendable performance. His character’s suave deadliness, and quirkiness, engages, and one is strongly inclined to cheer for him during those oh-so-awesome moves. For me, this brings in the question of whether Affleck would have fared better in his other major role or 2016, i.e. Batman, if given a script that doesn’t portray him as an unthinking blockhead. I would think so. I could also easily imagine The Accountant as Bats, The Voice as Oracle, Marybeth Medina as an alternate Commissioner Gordon, etc. And in that sense, I wouldn’t mind a sequel to this Movie. One with a better script, of course. That is unlikely to happen, though. Why would producers spend on two so similar characters? The Accountant is likely to end up as one of those movies you watch on cable, only when there’s a flash sale.
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