The Accountant / Gavin O’Connor (2016). This is going to start out sounding kinda silly, but…this is an action film about an autistic adult male with an enormous mathematical ability who has been trained by his military father as an expert in firearms and martial arts. Hey, it’s just a movie, OK! On the other hand, much the same premise was used successfully in the excellent 2008 Thai film “Chocolate” (directed by Prachya Pinkaew). Another plus is the seriousness in the way the story is told, how it unfolds. There is not a trace of winking at the camera, irony, or a “we’re in on the joke” attitude. I was engaged all the way through.
First, we meet Christian Woolf (Ben Affleck), the title accountant who is capable of auditing businesses and finding thefts no matter how well hidden. We follow his story via a “present time” job to untangle the accounts of an emerging tech company to find out if someone has been stealing millions. Secondly, we see strategically placed flashbacks to his childhood and Christian’s relationship with his controlling father, a retired Army officer. Last, there is an investigation by two U.S. Treasury Department agents (J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson) of a mysterious man who is used by drug cartels and organized crime around the world to keep their financial records honest. The Treasury not only wants to know who he is, but how – knowing so much of the inner works of Big Crime – he manages to stay alive. “The Accountant” received almost totally negative reviews upon its release in the Fall of 2016. Reading them now, I get that old feeling of “Did we see the same movie?” “The Accountant” is worth attention. John Lithgow co-stars as the founder of the tech company that Woolf is auditing and Anna Kendrick plays the young bookkeeper who found irregularities in the firm’s books and her life in danger because of it.
I don't think you fully understand, Mr. Bigelow. You've been murdered.