Review in Brief: The Accountant (2016)

THE ACCOUNTANT, about an autistic money launderer/assassin is beautifully obsessive in its visuals, less careful elsewhere. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is only autistic when it suits the plot and he is able to turn on the charm and have social skills when the situation requires (basically when he shares a scene with Anna Kendrick). The most interesting thing about the film should have been not where the lead character is on the spectrum or what he can do because of the way his brain works, it’s that Wolff essentially plays both chief protagonist and antagonist. This SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque plotline of puzzling out an unconventional criminal’s actions is quickly forgotten about and hurriedly resolved(ish) later in favour of exploring Wolff’s origins. The film clearly comes from a real and caring place, you just want more character consistency, more risks and sharper plotting in a film about unconventional brilliance. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Spike Jonze, Rian Johnson and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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