Love him or hate him, Ben Affleck is one of the biggest actors right now. Currently spearheading the DC movies as Batman, rocking it in the director’s chair over the past few years and most recently, he has been picking some interesting film roles. Going back to 2014, Affleck was a surprise package in the brilliant Gone Girl and made me like his acting abilities a little bit more. Moving onto his latest acting role in The Accountant, Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a Mathematical genius that does the accounts for major firms and criminal empires. Through doing this for numerous years, Wolff gathers some unwanted attention from the Department of Treasury. After being photographed secretly in meetings with some high-profile criminals, a young analyst is sent to uncover the true identity of Christian Wolff. Where all this is happening, Wolff is uncovering some huge financial discrepancies at a state of the arts Robotics Company. After the CFO of the company is bumped off by assassin Brax (Jon Bernthal), Affleck’s character is determined to finish off his accounting job by investigating the subsequent murders within the company.
I know what you’re going to say already…yes it does sound like there is way too much going on in this film. Looking in, the film sounds and looks like a mess. There are several sub plots within the film that are all going on at once and numerous flashbacks to Wolff’s childhood. Honestly, the sub plots almost ruin the film as a lot of them are borderline unnecessary. In the end, they all just about warrant their screen time and justify just about why they are in the film. Don’t get me wrong, they are needed in a sense, but they could be either cut in one way or another or trimmed down.
Surprisingly, Ben Affleck is the by far and away the best thing about the film. His character Wolff suffers from autism, so his interaction with people is minimal and his charisma borderline non-existent. Playing a character that is so shut off to the world and other people is the perfect role for Affleck. He doesn’t possess the best acting abilities in Hollywood but he seems to play characters with no personality really well. The best thing about his performance though is his way of making you like his character very quickly. He injects the perfect blend of drama and comedy in his character to give him some kind of likeability.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor, the American film maker that hasn’t quite lived up this his potential since Warrior back in 2011. Five years later, he brings us an enjoyable drama/action that possesses a lot of different blends of diverse genres to keep a lot of people interested. Sleek and cool from the get go, The Accountant gives us just enough to keep us interested and shows off O’Connor’s potential behind the camera. Supported by a good cast around him that includes Jon Bernthal, Anna Kendrick and JK Simmonds, Affleck gives a rare good acting performance as the mysterious accountant. 3.5 out of 5 stars.