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The Accountant: Flawed Actioner

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Film: The Accountant
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal
Director: Gavin O’Connor

Our fave rave Batman Ben Affleck essays the titular character who leads a double life as an accountant and trained assassin for organised crime: mobsters, drug lords, you get the drift. O’Connor helms the action drama from a script by Bill Dubuque who channels Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man for central character Chris Wolff, an autistic genius who prefers  numbers to people.

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Just like some prefer dogs. Why am I not surprised? After all Hell, as Sartre said, is other people. When the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement wing, headed by Ray King (J.K. Simmons, solid) begins to probe, Wolff takes on a regular client: a  robotics company whose accounts clerk Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick)  has discovered irregularities involving millions.

Autism, as everyone knows, or should, does not mean a person is cerebrally backward. As for Chris’s talents with weaponry, well he earned his spurs from his dad who was a military man. King deputes young analyst Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to fathom the identity of the Accountant who, as it turns out, is also being stalked by a hit man called Brax (Jon Bernthal).

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Unsurprisingly, the plot is packed with gritty violence. Some foul language too but that, IMHO not as bad as the  principal character being absolved of culpability. Hey. Does an inability to socialise have to descend into soullessness? Autism (indeed, any disability for that matter) cannot be used to justify moral degeneracy.