The Accountant Is Ben Affleck’s Math-Loving John Wick
The cure to the sorta-sour taste that Zack Snyder’s Ben-Affleck vs Superman movie left in your mouth, The Accountant is the Affleck movie action fans deserve. Part John Wick, part A Beautiful Mind, director Gavin O’Connor (Tumbleweeds, Jane Got a Gun) has cast the normally bro-y Affleck in the role of an autistic genius whose superpowers include math, sharp-shooting, knife-stabbing, and choking out other dudes with his own belt. His kryptonite (excuse the mixing of superhero metaphors): bad metal music, flashing lights, prolonged social interactions, and humour. Without even knowing where his allegiances lie, you’re instantly rooting for this charming assassin/awkward nerd.
As Christian Wolff (a guy who eats meals that make the Sad Keanu sandwich meme look like New Year’s Eve), Affleck crunches numbers with warp speed and laser precision for kindly farmers, international cartels, and multi-million-dollar robotics corporations alike. Did we mention he’s a really great shot? It’s a lesson that an impressive number of bad guys learn over the course of the movie.
The multiple converging storylines in The Accountant (including a series of flashbacks to Wolff’s childhood, the training ground for his assassin super skills) serve to build up his backstory, revealing him to be both ally and adversary to the competing factions of law enforcement and the criminal underworld.
Wolff is content in his solitary existence pretending to be just a small town accountant, but with the Treasury Department’s Ray King (J.K. Simmons) on his trail, Wolff’s handler insists that he take on a legitimate client as cover. That leads him to cross paths with Anna Kendrick’s character—a junior accountant whose unearthed some senior level cash flow irregularities at the prosthetics giant she works for.
And since even seemingly emotionless human calculator/killing machines can fall head over heels if they meet the right woman, Wolff is drawn into a situation that puts his secret identity and freedom at risk.
Through Jeffrey Tambor’s prison bunkmate character, we find out why Wolff was pulled into his semi-chosen profession along with how Simmons’ character got drawn into the mess. Several big reveals come into play, making for a less straightforward (and more interesting) narrative than in John Wick. Also, no dogs die—though a lot of people do.
Fast-paced and entertaining, The Accountant hits theatres on October 14. Check out the trailer below.