Monday, January 30, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: The Accountant Review

A cerebral action movie?  Does such an animal exist?  Apparently so, as the Accountant accomplishes the impossible task of proving a film can possess both brain and brawn simultaneously.  The thoroughly imaginative and sophisticated story of a traumatic childhood, told through engaging and compelling flashbacks, reaping a lethal and conflicted eventuality with two of the coolest twists to visit the silver screen.   I have to admit, I was significantly concerned when I realized that this script would explore autism in the manner in which it proposed.  However, both the writers, director, and Affleck, himself, utterly impressed me with the respect and creativity they demonstrated in their formulation and performances.  In fact, Affleck's portrayal and evolution of his tormented character only showcases how truly talented the actor is.  The remaining cast is good, not great, which is the only downside to this otherwise conscientiously crafted production.  Don't expect this to be a right out of the gate punch fest.  Instead, the finitely choreographed combat sequences compliment the story, moving it forward rather than dominating it.  In the end, this is a tale of redemption and familiar bonds, told in an authentic but understandably unconventional, albeit controversial way.   4 out of 5 Kernels: the numbers add up, and The Accountant's balanced mix of drama, excitement, and thrills is an equation for cinematic success.

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