One complaint I hear from people that talk movies with me is that the theaters are filled with sequels or reboots. I am led to believe that when original films come out people will rush to the movies because they’re finally getting what they ask for. This isn’t always the case and occasionally an original story that comes out that can both entertain and surprise the audience. So let’s dive in and take a look at my thoughts of “The Accountant” in this box office review…
Ben Affleck plays a grown man who has a form of autism that turns him into a super math genius. He’s able to calculate equations at incredible speeds and with ease however he has to finish the equation or he falls into a bit of panic and stress. His father, retired military, raised him to overcome his autism and to face life in the manner that life would face him. He’s hyper-intelligent, focused and calculating and a definite threat to anyone who wishes him harm, or worse.
I was pleased with the story however the characters felt a bit one dimensional. This didn’t bother me much considering all but John Lithgow and John Bernthal’s characters felt one dimensional. So, if everyone is a bit flat it stands to reason that they were directed to feel flat. That being said, the subtle nuisances of the characters were powerful. The flatness of the characters really made the subtle gestures, looks and reactions feel more pronounced and that was a great decision by the director. I enjoyed all the performances in this film and the action sequences did not disappoint.
The overall story is what one would expect from an accountant for the worlds worst. Eventually, someone is going to want him dead and so the story progresses. What’s great about this particular story though is how everything eventually makes sense by the end of the film and the surprises were refreshing. The overall story isn’t complicated but the way the story is told is creative. I walked out of the theater saying, “oh that’s why…” and “that twist was perfect.” I had some reservations walking into the theater but walked out feeling satisfied and entertained.
“The Accountant” is in theaters now! I definitely recommend you see this in theaters. This is the film people ask for when they express their frustrations about reboots and sequels taking up all the theaters. This is a movie for those who enjoy action. This is a movie for those of us who enjoy plot twists and surprises. This is a movie for those of us who enjoy a well written story. Go see this film!
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