Here is the premise: Christian Wolff (Affleck) is an autistic 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 un-cooks the books and gets closer to the truth, people around him start dying.
One of the best roles I have seen Affleck in, he nails the autistic savant perfectly; I was so impressed with his performance I would not be surprised if he gets an Oscar nob for this one. Affleck is surrounded by an awesome cast including Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal who plays the killer after the accountant, Cynthia Addai-Robinson who plays the investigator uncovering the identity of the accountant. It is such a great cast, and everyone shines in their perspective roles.
The script is fantastic, and I love the way they interweave Wolff’s life growing up with his dysfunctional family and how they dealt with his autism; as they weave this in it gives us a glimpse of how he got to the point he is at in the movie. Also, great twists in the movie really keep you on your toes, just a very well written story.
I highly recommend seeing THE ACCOUNTANT, there is action, drama, and great story and acting; go see it.