The Accountant (2016) Movie Review


The Accountant (2016) 4.5 Stars out of 5

the-accountant-movie-posterIf you want to really enjoy THE ACCOUNTANT, remember to always first read Bob’s reviews. He will never include any spoilers. Bob believes that far too many traditional movie critics say too much and give the plot away. In the case of THE ACCOUNTANT, there is much to give away. This is a deeply layered film with many flashbacks, twists and turns.

Not since the Oscar winning A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), has there been a movie
quite like THE ACCOUNTANT. There is much to be impressed with this new Ben Affleck film. The moral lesson teaches us that being different is not a handicap. Nor is it a disability.

THE ACCOUNTANT is a surprisingly good movie. Director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Bill Dubuque have woven together a very intense psychological thriller. There are so many different layers, that honestly — the layers seem to have layers! Even more unexpected, THE ACCOUNTANT, at times, is laugh-out-loud funny. The script is so well written that it continuously releases the growing tension and makes the movie all the more enjoyable.

The acting in this movie is outstanding, beginning with Ben Affleck. He certainly has come into his own — both as a director and as a fine actor. Anna Kendrick has never looked lovelier. They are quite a pair. Equally strong together, they are supported by the great J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. This film has an extraordinarily large cast, with 101 credited performances.

Music by Mark Isham; Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey and Film Editing by Richard Pearson. Production Design by Keith P. Cunningham; Art Direction by John Collins; Set Decoration by Douglas A. Mowat and Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.

It has been almost two decades since Autism became the central theme of a major motion picture. Think back to RAIN MAN (1988), WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (1993) and FOREST GUMP (1994). With THE ACCOUNTANT we find a lot morality, considering what the movie is about and the violence graphically shown up on the screen. The films encompasses so many different themes: greed, personal flaws and justice; family, brotherhood and team work.

JACKSON POLLOCK: “… look passively and try to receive what the painting has to offer and not bring subject matter or preconceived idea of what they are to be looking for.” And, that’s a wrap. Until next week.


Tom Cruise returns in JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. The original JACK REACHER (2012) cost $60,000,000.; and made a profit of $156,568,226.

It is hard to believe that Tom Cruise is now 54 years old. He first came to our attention in RISKY BUSINESS (1983). 20 of his films have grossed over $100 Million. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards. His net worth is $500 Million.

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