He blows on the tips of his fingers.
He straightens his knife, fork, and spoon so that they are
perfectly parallel and equidistant from one another.
He carefully separates his eggs, bacon, and toast so that they are
also separate, and also equidistant from one another.
He eats alone, expressionless.
No television, no radio, no music, no external stimulation.
Just the quiet. He
lives alone. He doesn’t have
any friends. He has difficulty
with social interaction because he doesn’t articulate his feelings
easily, and he doesn’t pick up the nonverbal cues from others.
He is extremely intelligent, avoids eye contact, doesn’t realize
how blunt he is, and though is extraordinarily talented at
problem-solving, he gets frustrated easily when he can’t complete the
As a kid, his mother and father battled constantly over how to
raise him. His mother,
recognizing both his great gifts and his unique challenges, wanted
specialists to treat him. His
father, a strict military sort, thought that was exactly the wrong
approach. The boy didn’t
need to be coddled, he needed to be forced to do things he didn’t want
to do. Like fight with other
kids when they picked on him. The
Mom just left in frustration. So
his Dad took him to martial arts experts to learn to fight.
His Dad did allow enrollment in a special school, which he
considered an advanced academy, because it seemed to help the boy control
Now that he’s a grown man, he leads a double life.
By day, he’s a small-time tax accountant in a non-descript strip
shopping center. He lives in a
typical ranch house in a quiet suburb, and drives an ordinary car.
He dresses neatly and conservatively.
He does not draw attention to himself.
He even names his little accounting office “ZZZ”, because it
would be the last one that people would randomly choose (the first being
AAA). But he has learned to
parlay his unique skills in data collection, retention, and analysis.
He can spot any irregularity in the accounting, no matter how huge
the problem, or how skillful the book-cookers.
And so he’s been hired by people like the heads of drug cartels,
or huge corporations about to embark on its life-changing IPO.
It doesn’t matter to him if the business is “legal” or not,
strictly speaking. He’s just
interested in the facts and figures of its complex transactions.
Oh, and if things get a little rough out there, he can always take
care of himself. And his army
training gave him weapons expertise, as well.
He’s recently been hired by a robotics firm, headed by a man
seemingly covered in altruism, but he fears he’s being fleeced.
One of his accountants has spotted a possible leak in the cash
flow. Could “The
Accountant” please come analyze? But
of course there are more layers of intrigue here than meets the eye.
And our “Accountant” will find both personal and professional
challenges in this job.
This is a good role for Ben Affleck.
He has a tendency toward “non-affect,” or not a lot of
emotional response in his acting, but this role is perfectly suited for
his deadpan demeanor. All he
has to do is act fidgety and neurotic, which he does well.
The support roles are solid, the plot is well-developed, and though
the story line jumps time sequence, it’s still easy to follow, and helps
develop the characters. Altogether,
it’s a taut thriller with a bit of violence, but holds the viewer’s
attention with this unusual main character with the autism/Asperger’s.
He may look like a harmless geek, but don’t get on his bad side.