THE ACCOUNTANT FAILS TO ADD UP
AS the physically imposing and emotionally stunted autistic assassin who fancies firearms in The Accountant, Ben Affleck gives off strong The Terminator vibes.
Gliding through the film, speaking infrequently and only in a monotone, Affleck appears to be a perfect candidate to slip into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time-travelling shoes if Hollywood ever chose to do a complete reboot of the sci-fi franchise.
For now, the Academy Award winner plays Christian Wolff, a gifted mathematician and accountant with a military background whose clients include crime lords.
When he is hired to go over the books of a robotics company he uncovers a major discrepancy, putting a target on his back as well as that of associate Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick).
Meanwhile, Treasury Department director of financial crimes Raymond King (J.K. Simmons) recruits a young analyst with a dark past, Marybeth Medina, to try track the elusive accountant’s movements.
With his hulking frame, thanks to recently bulking up as Batman, Affleck seems a bigger physical presence on the silver screen, yet his emotional range remains unstretched.
Affleck is fine to watch but struggles to suggest anything is happening below the surface.
Like the lead performance,