REVIEW: Film Industry is Audited by “The Accountant”

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Dwayne Clark/Correspondent

Ben Affleck is back with another home run performance.

The Accountant is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Bernthal. The film follows the story of a man (Ben Affleck) with a neurodevelopmental disorder, also known as autism, who goes about his life using his incredible math skills as a means of doing business as an accountant. However, as the film progresses, we find out that there is a bit more than accounting going on in his life.

Before even getting into details, it is definitely worth noting that this is an excellent film. Ben Affleck brings yet another top notch performance with his portrayal of a person dealing with autism. A performance so good that many individuals who have experienced the disorder themselves, whether it is first hand or just being around someone, have applauded the accuracy of his character. Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons also performed well in the film, but the other standout performance for the film goes to Jon Bernthal. While his screen time is limited, there are segments in the movie where his chemistry with other characters works out surprisingly well.

The AccountantCinematography for the film was also breathtaking with wide shots and also the thankful lack of what many call “shaky cam” for the fight scenes. For those unaware, shaky cam is essentially the name; it is when the camera is shaken about during scenes of action to cover up possibly poor fighting scenes. The Accountant does not use that technique.

Overall, The Accountant is an incredible film, one that has elements of the Jason Bourne films but also the dramatic tone of films like Gone Girl. There is one warning for the film, however, and that is its genre classification.

While it is being marketed as an action film, the movie is largely a drama with action elements. It is captivating throughout the film without many boring segments, but there are definite lulls in it where not much on screen is going on outside of talking. Other than that it is definitely an enjoyable film and probably one of the overall best of the year.