Take Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man character. Mix him with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, and add in all the high caliber automatic weapons and shoot-outs from The Town. Then you will have The Accountant. Despite the sometimes over the top fight scenes we really liked this movie.
Ben Affleck is Christian Wolf, a mild mannered CPA who is somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum, most likely Asperber’s Syndrome. Christian might have had a chance at an average life in Accounting, Mathematics or Computer Science. Unfortunately, when Christian was a child, his Army-Officer father decided to make him tough enough to stand up to all the bullies of the world. The father has Christian trained in the use of weapons and martial arts and encourages him to fight whenever possible.
As an adult, Christian combines all his skills and becomes the go-to Accountant for drug-cartels, mob families and terrorists. He is one of the few people in the world skilled enough to unravel their complicated cash transactions, but tough enough stay alive when dealing with those groups.
We meet Christian when he is in Chicago, performing what should be one of his few actual legitimate accounting assignments. He has been brought in to audit the books of a robotics company that thinks someone may be embezzling funds.
Anna Kendrick is Dana Cummings, the low level accountant at the robotic company who first discovered the possible fraud. She immediately recognizes Christian as a kindred spirit, and likes him very much.
The situation at the robotics firm turns out to be much more complicated than it first appears, and some really bad guys decide to end the problem by killing Christian and Dana. Of course, they do not know who they are really dealing with.
The Accountant has great action scenes, a lot of humor and some very touching moments with autistic children and adults. Ben Affleck, as Christian, is perfect at the monotone voice and inability to comprehend appropriate social responses that are the hallmarks of Asperger’s Syndrome.
There is one scene where Christian saves a nice old couple from two men who are trying to kill them. After the fight the old couple sit motionless and obviously in shock. Christian remembers that as a child he was taught ways to try to be friendly to people and fit in. Therefore, he turns and gives the old couple a friendly little wave and smile, not comprehending how bizarre that smile looks after what just happened.
Anna Kendrick is wonderful as the caring young woman who sees Christian for who he really is. You cannot help but wonder what Christian’s life would have been like if he had met her earlier.
The Accountant has unexpected plot twists and a surprise ending. It is a great action movie. It does, of course, perpetuate the Rain Man myth that somehow being autistic gives you super powers in math. However, that myth is necessary for the plot so we will forgive it.
- We give The Accountant Three Stars ***
- Read our story – Passing For Normal – as Asperger’s Success Story