Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have done extraordinarily well for themselves after their success with Good Will Hunting in 1997. They have both gone on to incredible careers with great films in many genres. They have both had their misses as well but overall they have carved out great legacies in Hollywood. While Damon has managed to create a truly iconic character in Jason Bourne, Affleck had yet to seize the same sort of character…that is until now. In Gavin O’Connor’s new film, The Accountant, Affleck plays perhaps his most memorable character ever.
Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a mathematical savant who had a tough time fitting in as a child. With problems relating to other people, Wolff, with the help of his tough and determined father, learned how to exist in a world where he was branded different. Now as a functioning adult Wolff runs his own small town CPA office but covertly does accounting for some of the most notorious criminal organizations in the world. When Wolff takes on a legitimate client to throw the Treasury Department closing in on him, he discovers the seemingly straightforward job might just become his most dangerous job ever.
The Accountant was one of the biggest surprises of 2016 for me. While I am a fan of Affleck and O’Connor, I wasn’t expecting such a hugely entertaining action thriller. For my money, I would take The Accountant over any Bourne film. First off the film is written by Bill Dubuque who has really only ever written one other film that has been released, The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. So to pull this story out of his head is quite incredible. Director Gavin O’Connor made Miracle and Warrior, which I loved, and the cast is just eclectic and phenomenal including Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Jean Smart, and John Lithgow. The story is just so cool, interesting, well-paced, exciting, funny, tense and above all, fun. I seriously can’t recommend The Accountant highly enough.