The Ac­coun­tant

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

CHRIS­TIAN WOLFF (Af­fleck) is a free­lance ac­coun­tant who is also a loner. His lat­est as­sign­ment has him work­ing for a state-of-the-art robotics com­pany.

The firm’s ac­count­ing clerk, Dana Cum­mings (Ken­drick), has dis­cov­ered a dis­crep­ancy in­volv­ing mil­lions of dol­lars. Chris­tian must find out the iden­tity of the cul­prit.

Mean­while, Brax (Jon Bern­thal) and his goons have been hired by some­one in the com­pany to kill both Chris­tian and Dana be­fore they un­cover the truth.

What these goons fail to re­alise is that Chris­tian is not just some nerd in glasses. He has secrets, and can

Ben Af­fleck, Anna Ken­drick and J.K. Sim­mons Di­rec­tor: Gavin O’Con­nor E-Value: 7 Act­ing: 7 Plot: 7

turn into a vi­cious killer who will do ev­ery­thing to pro­tect both him­self and Dana.

The au­di­ence is shown flash­backs of his early life where we learn that Chris­tian has high func­tion­ing autism, which con­trib­utes to his fas­ci­na­tion for num­bers and solv­ing puz­zles.

His mother aban­doned him, and his mil­i­tary fa­ther trained him to be in­de­pen­dent, tough and strong to face the cruel world out there.

There is also a sub­plot where the head of the Trea­sury Depart­ment’s Crime En­force­ment Divi­sion, Ray King (Sim­mons), sends agent Mary­beth Me­d­ina (Cyn­thia Ad­daiRobin­son) to in­ves­ti­gate some vi­cious mur­der cases, and they man­aged to find a link to Chris­tian.

There is enough ac­tion in this thriller to keep you en­ter­tained.

Af­fleck does a good job por­tray­ing an odd man who is a killing ma­chine. There are times you will feel sad for him, and other times where you are just fright­ened of him.

Sim­mons and Robin­son play their parts well. How­ever, tal­ented ac­tors such as Ken­drick, Jef­frey Tam­bor and John Lith­gow are wasted here. Sad to say their roles did not give them a chance to shine.

This film is not all per­fect. The end­ing is kind of ridicu­lous, and the twist ap­pears to have been bor­rowed from some typ­i­cal 70s Bol­ly­wood films. But I won’t spoil it for you. You will just have to find out for your­self.

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