The Ac­coun­tant

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

Os­car win­ner Ben Af­fleck (“Argo,” “Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice”) stars in the ti­tle role of “The Ac­coun­tant,” from di­rec­tor Gavin O’Con­nor (“Mir­a­cle,” “Pride and Glory,” “War­rior”).

Chris­tian Wolff (Af­fleck) is a math sa­vant with more affin­ity for num­bers than peo­ple. Be­hind the cover of a small-town CPA of­fice, he works as a free­lance ac­coun­tant for some of the world’s most dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions. With the Trea­sury Depart­ment’s Crime En­force­ment Di­vi­sion, run by Ray King (J.K. Sim­mons), start­ing to close in, Chris­tian takes on a le­git­i­mate client: a state-of-the-art ro­bot­ics com­pany where an ac­count­ing clerk (Anna Ken­drick) has dis­cov­ered a dis­crep­ancy in­volv­ing mil­lions of dol­lars. But as Chris­tian un­cooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

“The Ac­coun­tant” also stars Os­car nom­i­nee Anna Ken­drick (“Up in the Air,” the “Pitch Per­fect” films), Os­car win­ner J.K. Sim­mons (“Whiplash,” the “Spi­der-Man” films), Jon Bern­thal (“Fury,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Jean Smart (TV’s “Fargo,” “24”), and Cyn­thia Ad­dai-Robin­son (“Star Trek: Into Dark­ness”), with Jef­frey Tam­bor (TV’s “Trans­par­ent,” “The Han­gover” films) and twotime Os­car nom­i­nee John Lith­gow (“Terms of En­dear­ment,” “The World Ac­cord­ing to Garp”).

O’Con­nor di­rected the film from a screen­play by Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”). The film was pro­duced by Mark Wil­liams and Lynette How­ell Tay­lor, with O’Con­nor, Jamie Pa­tri­cof and Marty Ewing serv­ing as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

The be­hind-the-scenes cre­ative team in­cluded two-time Os­carnom­i­nated di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy Sea­mus McGar­vey (“Anna Karen­ina,” “Atone­ment”), pro­duc­tion de­signer Keith Cun­ning­ham, Os­car-nom­i­nated ed­i­tor Richard Pear­son (“United 93”), cos­tume de­signer Nancy Steiner, and Os­car-nom­i­nated com­poser Mark Isham (“War­rior,” “A River Runs Through It”).

Warner Bros. Pic­tures presents an Elec­tric City En­ter­tain­ment/Zero Grav­ity Man­age­ment Pro­duc­tion, a Gavin O’Con­nor Film, “The Ac­coun­tant.” The film will be dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros. Pic­tures, a Warner Bros. En­ter­tain­ment Com­pany.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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