RATED R (strong violence and language throughout)
RUNNING TIME: 128 minutes
DIRECTOR: Gavin O'Connor
Ben Affleck - Christian Wolff
Anna Kendrick - Dana Cummings
Jon Bernthal - Braxton
J.K. Simmons - Ray King
Cynthia Addai-Robinson - Marybeth Medina
John Lithgow - Lamar Black
Jeffrey Tambor - Francis Silverberg
Christian Wolff 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, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where accounting clerk Dana Cummings 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. - Warner Bros.
ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 3 CAMS
Bursts of action provide the needed thrills in this drama about a new kind of "hero". Ben Affleck's gripping portrayal of an emotionless killer and math savant is the engine that keeps this film moving along. Director Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior") spends too much time on the backstory, obviously designed to flesh out and add sympathy to the title character. Revealing any of the details or the twists and turns in Bill Dubuque's screenplay would amount to spoilers. Let's just say that most of the twists are telegraphed early on. When the focus turns toward the money discrepancy at a robotics company, the movie picks up speed. Wolff, which may be an alias, shows a touch of emotion as he tries to save the life of the targeted clerk. Anna Kendrick is very believable as a frightened woman being hunted by contract killers led by Jon Bernthal as the creepy Braxton. Also good are J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as the Treasury Department chief and his agent assigned to track down the Accountant, and John Lithgow as the tech firm owner. But without Affleck's impressive performance, "The Accountant" wouldn't total much more than a standard crime thriller.