Ben Affleck teams up with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor for a surprisingly layered action thriller.
or some reason, The Accountant has split reviewers down the middle - precisely, as a matter of fact. On critical accumulation site Rotten Tomatoes, it currently stands at 51%. At first glance, this would appear to be because it both does many things and tries to be many things. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; in this reviewer's opinion, it does them all very well - but frankly, people are not used to seeing an autistic anti-hero save the day, with his fractured childhood told via flashbacks. Especially not in a film that turns into a bona fide Hollywood action flick in its final third.
he action, meanwhile, is helmed with a forceful panache while the more delicate aspects of the story require a defter touch. What is clear is that The Accountant would seem like an extremely tricky film to tackle from the page; how do you juggle this many balls and reach a plausible conclusion? Should the character be funny? Cold-blooded? Context is everything and we're given that in spades. Granted, some it feels rushed, but this man's actions come from a practical place and our understanding of those actions is somehow empathetic.
ook, this isn't a perfect film; it's far from it. But it's trying to do something different, layered and intrinsically difficult with an blatant Hollywood vibe. A lot of people won't know what the fuck to make of that, but audiences have responded positively and it's easy to see why.