Harry Hamm: This Accountant Crunches More Than Numbers

Harry Hamm

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Ben Affleck is terrific playing a financial examiner with Asperger’s syndrome ( a subtype of autism) in “The Accountant,” a very measured but exciting movie with plenty of action about mysteries of the mind and a life full of struggles.

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On the surface, Affleck’s character, who has difficulty with interpersonal relations and sometimes is subject to robotic and repetitive speech, has a small accounting practice that handles both individuals and corporations. He also has another side to his personality that is a combination of money magician for international criminal and terrorism elements, and deadly assassin. Anna Kendrick has a forgettable role as an accountant for a growing robotics manufacturer  who is supposed to be assisting Affleck in the auditing of their books. Her character practically disappears in the second half of the motion picture.

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The outstanding character actor J. K. Simmons plays a senior Treasury Department official out to nail Affleck. Jeffrey Tambor (you may remember him as the announcer “Hank” on the series The Larry Sanders Show) is an infamous money launderer who taught Affleck much about about concealing ill-gotten goods and their profits.

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“The Accountant” provides interesting background into Affleck’s character, how he grew up and his family as a youngster. Besides being one heck of an action adventure, it is also often a very personal story with more than one big surprise revelation you won’t be expecting. You’ll never look at a CPA the same way again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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