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Ben Affleck’s The Accountant Movie Review....
Ben Affleck’s TheAccountant Movie Review....
I had no intention of seeing Ben Affleck’s, TheAccountant movie… but in one of the adverts, the marketing folks hooked me by saying that the movie can be compared to the classic, The Usual Suspects. With such lofty expectations, I sat down today and watched Ben Affleck’s TheAccountant movie, and for me it lived up to the hype. I would add that the The Accountant should have opened during the blockbuster summer season, instead of October, notwithstanding the fact that it is a more cerebral movie. Incidentally, Mr. Affleck may have redeemed himself from his atrocious Batman versus Superman with his acting performance in TheAccountant.
One of the salient reasons why TheAccountant movie is so good is that it is a movie about the stereotypical boring accountant, yet it is engaging because it is akin to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates not only having superior mental faculties, but also have the kick-ass know-how as a James Bond or a Jason Bourne. Indeed, Mr. Affleck is overly convincing in the role with his button-up portrayal as the accountant. We see this by the way Affleck’s character cooks his breakfast, whereby the eggs and the bacon must be in perfect symmetry on the plate and that Mr. Affleck’s suits in his closet, on the hangers, are meticulously and equally spaced. In viewing these early scenes, it does not take a trained Psychiatrist to know that Mr. Affleck’s character is on a hair-trigger from going Super-Nova Postal.
The plot of Ben Affleck’s TheAccountant starts with the female lead in the movie seeing an accounting anomaly, which seems innocuous, but when Ben Affleck, an expert forensic accountant, is called in to investigate… he finds the problem to the tune of millions of dollars being pilfered. However, before he can find the culprit who is stealing the money, Affleck’s character is paid in full for his forensic accounting services. But the tenets of Accounting must see a ‘balance’ and to the anal Ben Affleck’s character, not naming the culprit in the theft of the millions of dollars is tantamount to having an unbalanced ledger. Little does Mr. Affleck’s character knows is that his forensic accounting findings place all involved in mortal danger and so those who are privy to the accounting anomalies are being killed.
In the mean time, the government is also looking into Mr. Affleck’s dealings and salivating of the thought of knowing the secrets the latter must know for being the Accountant for drug lords, the Mafia, and terrorist organizations. Even though the subject matter of Accounting seems mundane, it is exciting to watch the clues being connected to give the audience a glimpse of who the Ben Affleck character really is. On a personal note, connecting the clues about Ben Affleck’s character made me feel like that teenage boy, who then was well read… and like those yesteryears, watching The Accountant also made me feel like that young man yearning to turn the pages of whatever tome I was reading.
Props to the writing and directing for its pacing and causing one to be on the edge of one’s seat of ravenous anticipation, and juxtaposing the seemingly boring Accounting subject matter in an action movie. Take for instance, early in the movie, there is a brilliant scene where the New York mob is rubbed out… after seeing the choreographed cadence of said scenes so early in the movie, one started anticipating the rest of the actions scenes to come, especially knowing that it is the custom that the best scenes are left for the climax of movies.
The acting is stellar too… so much so that when you see the movie, you are going to empathize with many of the characters - I will not name them here - because it would reveal too many spoilers. However, by the end, you will see that these characters pulled the wool over your eyes and that they are as diabolical as Secretary of State Clinton.
I said earlier that one of the movie adverts which made me go to see TheAccountant had to do with the comparison to movies that had great mysteries running through them: The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense, and The Crying Game are all in this vaunted category. When the answers to the mysteries in The Accountant are revealed, they are Jaw-dropping and will be well spoken of in pop movie culture for years to come.
I have included AC/DC’s song, Thunderstruck - not so much to help flesh out the themes of this blog, but to highlight the frenetic pacing of the enjoyable action sequences in The Accountant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41dglnM