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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Accountant: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math wizard and even with the signs of autism since his early years this didn't become a hindrance for him achieving the greatness with numbers.  He works an accountant but not an ordinary one inside a normal office. His major clients are dangerous criminals, and this made him a target of   Ray King (J.K. Simmons) the head of the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division. To take off a load on his back, he takes on a legitimate company that wants to find out the discrepancy involving a big sum of money. With the help of an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick), Christian discovers the hidden truth behind the books, and it looks like he is the one who will pay the price. 

The Accountant has an interesting material that can easily elevated with a committed and brilliant lead star in Ben Affleck. He delivers another astonishing performance, and technically he is also joined by a group of talented supporting casts. However, the film lacks in consistency as it can't sustain a balanced momentum all throughout. There are some scenes that are unnecessary, which made it a bit boring. Its two hour run time makes the film bloated and no wonder why it gives us yawns especially at the middle part of the movie.

On the positive side, the action scenes are pretty decent. It feels like we're watching John Wick when Affleck holds on to his gun. I wished that there are more bodies to drop and blood to spill since it was the moments when the adrenaline pumped up into our veins. It is a treat whenever the action plays on the screen, but we simply crave for more. 

Overall, The Accountant is an engaging feature that came up short on achieving greatness to make a mark. It has a lot of potential considering the talented line-up that the film has. The stars already made their best to make the film stand out, but you can't simply take away that it became tedious at some point and lost us along the way. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars

Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal

Directed by: Bill Dubuque
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Opens November 2 in cinemas nationwide


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