Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Accountant 2016

     Christian Wolff has struggled with high-functioning autism since he was a child.  Now he is using his talents as a mental calculator.  He works for numerous criminal enterprises and he has been in prison.  He learned from his cellmate how to immediately disappear, what to keep on hand for currency and not to get attached to other people.  Now, the Treasury Department is working on identifying and arresting this anonymous Accountant.  Ray King is the Treasury Director and he blackmails a young data analyst into helping him with this task.  She doesn't have a lot of information to work with but she is driven to solve this mystery for the Director.
     This film has a lot of action and it’s not just Wolff going through files and calculating gains, losses and possible irregularities in numbers.  Sometimes the answers aren’t what the clients want to hear and they will send assassins to change the numbers.  It helps to have a Barrett M82A1M - .50 BMG rifle with a very nice scope on hand to settle misunderstandings.  The bullets are big, the scope very accurate and they make a large hole from a mile away plus a lot of noise.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)
128 min, Action directed by Gavin O’Connor with Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Benthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Andy Umberger Alison Wright.

Note:  Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 52% critic 78% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 5127 reviews.

Special Note:  Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.  Wolff has a copy of Action Comics #1 from 1938 in his cache of valuables.  This issue is valued at over 4 million dollars in mint condition.  Anna Kendrick’s character said she did card counting at a casino but Ben Affleck has been barred from several casinos because of his well-known habit of card counting.  Anna Kendrick appears very small in stature standing next to Ben Affleck!!  Originally this was thought to film with Mel Gibson starring with Joel and Ethan Coen directing.

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