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The Accountant- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic.com”

THE ACCOUNTANT

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Affleck, Simmons, Bernthal and Kendrick all “add up” to a great film in “The Accountant”

Ben Affleck directs and stars in the new film surrounding a boy with a form of autism that also allows him to be a mathematics expert and would grow up to be ‘The Accountant”. Affleck has surrounded himself with a stellar supporting cast of J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Anna Kendrick in this tale of mathematical justice.

Christian Wolff (Affleck) was born with a form of autism that made him susceptible to loud noises, lights and would infuriate him if he isn’t able to finish what he started. Christian had a younger brother Brax (Bernthal) who was his only friend growing up in a military family. After speaking with a therapist that explained Christian’s ticks to his parents and how he could grow to lead a normal life. While this was going on young Christian was putting a complex jigsaw puzzle together upside-down in minutes! After his mother abandoned the family Christian’s father took the army way to raising the boys. Loyalty, family and honor first.

Wolff, a math savant, did grow up to be one of the best accountants in the world and used by the mob and many of the cartels. Christian also did walk in business for locals. Wolff also like to shoot guns, high powered weapons that he also used in his own form of vigilante justice for those people that violated his own moral code. He helped a local couple with their taxes and able them to keep their farm, in return it gave Wolff a place to shoot his guns.

Ray King (J.K. Simmons), a Chief treasury agent that was investigating the mob and came in contact with “The Accountant” on an investigation. After answering questions with a gun to the back of his head, King was spared and became a colleague of the Accountant, even though he never saw him. King brought in a treasury analyst Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to find this accountant before he retires the next month.  Agent Medina was able to track down that “The Accountant” operated out of an accounting firm “ZZZ Accounting” and laundered his payments threw the other businesses in the strip mall where his firm was located.

Wolff was hired to find a missing 14 million dollars at a robotics firm that specialized in prosthetic limbs and military contracts. Lamar Black (John Lithgow) the owner of the firm told Wolf he could have anything he needed to find the money. Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) was the firm’s bookkeeper and willing to help Wolff but was only in his way.  The next day surrounded by a mountain of boxes that made up the past 15 years of financials for the firm, Wolf began to do forensic accounting to find the missing money. The next morning Dana arrived to see ledger entries scrawled all over the windows of the room Wolf was working in.  Christian explained to Dana he found the money in one day after she spent months going over the books.

Black abruptly came in with a check and dismissed Wolff. Black explained he didn’t care about the money he was just saddened by the loss of his friend. A group of mercenaries were sent out to kill Wolff at the farm he used to shoot at, they soon found out they were out gunned. Christian immediately called Dana, figuring he uncovered something bigger than Ed Chilton (Andy Umberger) embezzling and he died for it. Now they want to cover up all the loose ends by killing Dana and Christian.

As the puzzle unravels for you and Wolff, you will be surprised by the real mastermind behind the missing money and the reunion for Wolff when he comes face to face with the lead mercenary. The Accountant is one of the BEST films in 2016, and I recommend it highly!!!

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Go see The Accountant because it adds up to and entertaining evening!

Rated R (Violence, Language)

Running Time 128 mins

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