The Accountant is the Ben Affleck Batman performance that “should have been.” Although, as like BvS, it’s also dragged down by a convoluted script.
As a child, autistic Chris Wolff underwent extensive military training arranged by his army psychological warfare officer father. This equips him with lethal killing skills, and as an adult, he earns a living by tracking financial discrepancies for criminal enterprises. During his latest assignment, he uncovers a massive embezzlement within the Living Robotics Corporation, which leads to CFO Ed Chilton committing suicide. Wolff then discovers that Chilton was actually forced to kill himself. The assassin is also someone Wolff is all too familiar with.
I got bored with The Accountant before it was a third through. It started off intriguing enough. A suit-wearing hunk who crunches numbers for the underworld. Is also autistic and shoots like Deadshot. Quickly, however, the plot swirls into a mess of lame cliques you could predict from a mile away, while also leaving you to wonder every other minute whether what exactly the focus of the tale is. (Is it the possibly abusive military dad backstory, murderous sibling rivalry, or what?) It’s as if the scriptwriters were unsure what makes for a good story in this genre, so they dumped in every anti-hero stereotype they could think of. The result. Messy. So very messy and confusing. Anti-climactic at every turn too.
And such a pity, for Ben Affleck delivers a commendable performance. His character’s suave deadliness and idiosyncrasies engages. I believe most viewers would feel strongly inclined to cheer for him during those oh-so-awesome moments.
It was while watching these killer moves that my mind also strayed, and I began to wonder whether Affleck would have fared better in his other major role of 2016, i.e. Batman, had he been given a better script. I should think so. The Accountant, on the whole, felt more Batman to me than BvS. I could also easily imagine The Accountant as Bats, The Voice as Oracle, Marybeth Medina as an alternate Commissioner Gordon, etc. By extension, I guess that means there is hope in Affleck’s future performances as Batman. As for The Accountant, I doubt we would see a sequel. Why would producers splurge on two so similar characters? The Accountant is likely to end up as one of those movies most would watch on cable. But only when there is a flash sale.
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