THE ACCOUNTANT (2016)

 

 

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A film by Gavin O’Connor

Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow

Christian Wolff ( Ben Affleck ), is mercilessly disciplined by his father, a sadistic, controlling military freak psychologist. Christian, who is autistic, into panic attack mumbling gibberish and prone to tantrums.  And yes there are the occasional flashback  at the beginning when we meet a family in crisis, unable to resolve their differences about how to deal with the older of their two boys. Chris’s father believes in pushing the limits and concentrating on extreme physical defense tactics, rather than a more conventional approach, he is preparing him for life at time he seems cruel but he has his reasons.

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Affleck’s Christopher Wolff is the accountant that serves up miracles for his crooked clients. He might have difficulty with eye contact, loud noises and bright lights, but he has no trouble in locating their companies’ multi-million dollar problem. Also you have the treasury who is after him financial Crime director Raymond King (J.K. Simons) who recruits a smart analyst, Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to identify and locate the accountant that is enabling the cartels to continue to operate. Of course there is always a girl who will surface here in which Chris has his eyes on. But there is more than meet the eye here there are a few twist in the story. You see Chris  is a tormented loner who is a genius at math (I knew someone like that back in the day). The film is like subplots seem shuffled like pieces of an unfinished jigsaw puzzle and it is fine as long has you pay attention.

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