Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
review, The Accountant, The, Accountant, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.k. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Gavin O'Connor, Action, Crime, Drama film rating




By Jess Fenton
30th October 2016

I walked out of ‘The Accountant’ conflicted. I liked it - I genuinely did - but I couldn’t figure out why. It was fun to watch, dark, at times funny, interesting, I enjoyed the cast. All good things... wrapped in an inconspicuously stupid concept. It seems that ‘The Accountant’ has been gifted with incredible, visionary filmmakers, namely director Gavin O’Connor (‘Warrior’). Upon this revelation I couldn’t help but let my mind wonder into a bizarro world where Martin Scorsese directed ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’, Oliver Stone put his stamp on ‘American Pie’ or Tarantino got his hands on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ These are all extreme examples of the wrong movie partnered with the wrong director, but what if ‘The Accountant’ is the wrong movie that got the right director? Mind. Blown. Allow me to elaborate.


Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with a form of high-functioning autism. Nothing major, he just can’t quite socialise the way he’d like and once he starts a task he can’t not finish it. But what makes Christian really unique is that Christian is not his real name. He can change his identity with the swipe of a keyboard and a mysteriously absent assistant. He’s wealthy beyond your imagination yet he lives a transient life, blending in wherever he lands yet all his most valuable possessions reside in a trailer he can move at a moment’s notice and disappear. You see, Christian is an accountant. By day he helps the little people struggling with their finances from his shop front. On the side he forensically investigates corporate finances and at night he launders money and “cooks the books” for potential terrorists. He’s also a sharp shooter and can kill you in about 10 different ways without batting an eyelid – and will, if you cross him.

Screenwriter Bill Dubuque (‘The Judge’) has imbued Christian with a strong moral compass when it comes to injustices, and yet he works for terrorists. He earns millions and yet doesn’t spend a dime except to fund his fly-by-the-night existence. Chicken? Egg? Chicken? Egg? And this is just the tippy-top of the inconsistent, Swiss cheese iceberg. And of course Christian’s story is all flushed out with a head-shaking B-plot involving the Treasury Department and blackmail.

Its accomplishment as a palatable and entertaining film is all the more impressive due to its positively mind-boggling stupidity as a concept.

Affleck and O’Connor’s whacky film is supported by a mesmerising cast including J.K. Simmons (‘Whiplash’), Anna Kendrick (‘Pitch Perfect’ films) and Jon Bernthal (‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) among others who are all equally great in the mish-mash of ideas. ‘The Accountant’ never lacks pace, constantly shifting between the A and B plot as well as flashbacks. It's intriguing as hell, features twists and turns and is action-packed, all portrayed engagingly by its charismatic cast.

Is ‘The Accountant’ a great movie? No. Good movie? Most definitely. Its accomplishment as a palatable and entertaining film is all the more impressive due to its positively mind-boggling stupidity as a concept accompanied by a stylish execution and great performances. You could definitely do worse.

RELEASE DATE: 03/11/2016
RUN TIME: 2h 8m
CAST: Ben Affleck
Anna Kendrick
J.k. Simmons
Jon Bernthal
Jean Smart
Jeffrey Tambor
John Lithgow
DIRECTOR: Gavin O'Connor
WRITER: Bill Dubuque
SCORE: Mark Isham
Alien: 40th Anniversary - Celebrating four decades of an interstellar sci-fi adventure
TRENDINGWIN ALIEN: 40TH ANNIVERSARYCelebrating four decades of an interstellar sci-fi adventure
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Melissa McCarthy's masterful portrayal of a writing icon
TRENDINGWIN CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy's masterful portrayal of a writing icon
The Kid Who Would Be King - An epic family-friendly adventure
TRENDINGWIN THE KID WHO WOULD BE KINGAn epic family-friendly adventure
Long Shot - Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron's romantic comedy
TRENDINGWIN LONG SHOTSeth Rogen and Charlize Theron's romantic comedy
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - A little cinematic magic
Avengers: Endgame - This is the way it all ends - not with a bang, but with a whimper
TRENDINGAVENGERS: ENDGAMEThis is the way it all ends - not with a bang, but with a whimper
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us