If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that this film is not a typical attempt at a Hollywood action. Quite the contrary in fact.
Ben Affleck takes centre stage as a moral murderer with a very unusual talent for mathematics and an accompanying diagnosis of Asperger’s; not exactly the usual recipe for an action hero.
Remarkably, Affleck convincingly portrays the traits of Asperger’s syndrome with fascinating ease; negating the need for any potential stereotypes that are often associated with a misunderstanding of the syndrome.
Though Affleck does delight in his performance as the main focus, the Accountant, Christian Wolfe, the partnering with Anna Kendrick’s character, Dana diffuses some of the dramatic tension that is simmering under the plots surface, and brings a sense of normalised humour to the table. A trait that is very easily forgotten in the midst of action.
The Accountant is not only truly refreshing in its inauguration, but provides moral sensibility with a wonderfully written script that has a perfect compromise of dramatic action to heartfelt reality.