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The Accountant **

Running time 127 mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.

The Blacklisted script by Bill Dubuque who wrote the equally frustrating “The Judge’ has produced a story with some intriguing themes, but ends up with a silly plot that tries to make Autism simplistic. The writer keeps on making comparisons with the disability as some sort of wondrous superpower, When the story works it is usually with the intriguing flashbacks of Christian’s childhood.

Affleck does what he can to make the character sympathetic, but the script does not make the character likeable. The scenes where he nervously interacts with Anna Kendrick are nicely realised with the charming actress bringing some much needed humour to the scenes. The cast is complted by a range of actors J K Simmons,John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor, but even these great performers have very little to do.

An interesting premise with a great cast and a worthy director, however something is wrong with this figures.

Reviewed by Paul Logan