‘The Accountant’ An Exciting, Edge of Your Seat Thriller

img_8245I have one word for ‘The Accountant’…Awesome…I have one word to describe Ben Affleck’s performance….Freakin Fantastic. Okay that’s two words, but this is one of his best performances in years.

‘The Accountant’ directed by Gavin O’Connor is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the end. I won’t say too much about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away.

Affleck plays Christian Wolf, who is a math savant with an over the top affinity for numbers. Behind the cover of a small town CPA office, Wolf works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most criminal organizations. Needless to say he assumes many different identities, and for years it has worked perfectly until…

The Treasury Department Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons) starts to close in. It’s then that Wolfe 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. The company is run by John Lithgow and his sister, Jean Smart. As Christian gets close to uncovering the truth, bodies start piling up.

There’s much more to the story, with great twists you won’t see coming, but I will say Christian just happens to be a crack shot. What’s wondering about Affleck’s performance is has a profound understanding how each little mannerism shapes who he is. Christin is someone who’s incredibly smart, but the character is also physically imposing and strong. It’s also great to watch him with Anna Kendrick) You could see that he has no idea how to interact with a woman, and that makes him even more engaging.

I gave  “The Accountant,’ which opened Friday, October 14th, 5 bagels out of 5. This is one film you don’t want to miss.

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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