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The Accountant review: Thriller doesn't quite add up

By Damon Smith

Published 04/11/2016

Ben Affleck as Chris Wolff in The Accountant
Ben Affleck as Chris Wolff in The Accountant

Think Good Will Hunting meets Jason Bourne, without the finesse or nervous energy of those pictures.

Christian Wolff (Affleck) meticulously investigates embezzlement, insider trading and other financial irregularities in criminal enterprises. He works alone and is ruthless in his pursuit.

The Treasury Department is determined to expose Wolff as the shadowy figure called The Accountant. Ambitious analyst Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is blackmailed into following the evidence trail and confirming Wolff's involvement or face criminal charges for a serious lapse of judgement in her past.

Meanwhile, Wolff is hired by Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow), CEO of Living Robotics, to verify the findings of in-house accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), who alleges more than $60m of funds have gone astray.

Wolff's forensic examinationof data coincides with a series of suspicious deaths.

The Accountant is a slick, engrossing romp using the lead's developmental disability as a hook for cheap yet satisfying thrills.

Ultimately it quite doesn't add up, but Gavin O'Connor's enjoyable film still delivers a modest profit.

Three stars

Belfast Telegraph

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