In Gavin O'Connor's "The Accountant", starring Ben Affleck, the paper-pushing CPA roughly the exact opposite of Schwarzenegger or Stallone gets his shot at action hero stardom.
The film is rated R for strong violence and language throughout. Two hours, 8 minutes.
The film about an accountant who has been diagnosed as having a high functioning form of autism misses so badly that what is supposed to be an action film ends up being more comic than thrilling.
Know what? It is. It's how his character works into the story that is forced.
During the premiere night of his latest movie "The Accountant" in Los Angeles, Jennifer Garner was praised by her ex-husband Ben Affleck for being a great mom to their kids. But it is, of course, Affleck who is the force to be reckoned with. We first meet Christian as a young autistic boy. Now he is sitting at a table, feverishly putting a puzzle together.
The Accountant also stars Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jean Smart, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow.
But the "reel" question is: Who would win in a battle between Batman and The Accountant?
Christian, meanwhile, takes a job looking for the root of huge financial discrepancy at a large company, Living Robotics. Kendrick's Dana Cummings is the junior accountant who's tapped to help him out, though she's initially put off by Chris' cold demeanor when she attempts to befriend him.
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As you can see, there are a lot of moving parts to a story like this, but Bill Dubuque's screenplay is just as precise and calculated as its titular character.
While Affleck doesn't necessarily thrive in the area of helping with homework, he confirmed that his kids are always close by - even when he's working.
Yes, Christian is, essentially, Rainman-meets-Batman.
Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a character name I am completely not making up.
The Batman v Superman star then claimed that his dream almost came true as he was up for the role of Beca in Pitch Perfect, which eventually went to Kendrick. Christian explains that he'd like to be able to be closer to someone but finds it very hard, and she looks at him with sympathetic eyes.
To dock some more points, while it's an overall positive message, Affleck's affect as a man with autism did get a few too many laughs from the test audience for my comfort.
"I face dilemmas that we all do everyday about what's the right way to raise children, what's the right thing to teach them?"