The Accountant (2016) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Brothers
Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
I admit I didn’t know a whole lot about The Accountant going into. I expected a lot more of something along the lines of a mindless action film and that is totally not what I got at all. Instead, you get a very well crafted, well polished, smart action movie, that has Ben Affleck at the head playing a great character. Affleck plays Christian Wolff or at least that is his alias for this movie. He’s a hired hand of sorts that is also an agent. His character has autism and is a math wizard, which is why he’s doubling as an accountant. This particular case gets some bad people after him as well as a young lady played by Anna Kendrick that he meets. He breaks his usual path to save her and then he goes after the bad guys who just so happen to have some skilled folks waiting for him. The movie is very clever and packs a few twists. It is often violent but does take the time for a good laugh here and there. If you like action flicks you’d be wrong if you wrote this one off at a glance as just another one of the long line of action flicks we see coming out. This one has some steak with the sizzle.
At the heart of things, this is a movie that is carried by great acting performances as well as a story that tells you what you need to know on a “need to know” basis as it progresses. We often see the past of Affleck’s character as things proceed and this all makes for a bit of a puzzle for us to solve before things come to light for us. This is a pretty neat thing as well since Christian Wolf is a character that loves puzzles. I can’t praise this one enough and I think everyone should at least give it a good once over. It also looks great as you could imagine on this 4K release. These newer movies are titles that really flourish in this format and this is another great title to pick up if you are moving over to 4K and need something new to bring in your new TV/player. No matter if he’s playing Batman or some jerk in a Kevin Smith movie, Ben Affleck is a great actor and this movie here is another great example of just that.
*The 4K Disc Does Not Have Any Extras, but you can find these below on the Blu-ray Discs Included*
– Inside the Man
– Behavioral Science
– The Accountant in Action
– Introductory Trailers
Quality of Transfer: 100%