The Accountant seems like the type of movie that never got out of the script-pitching phase. There are a multitude of different threads that pop up throughout, but since none of them get enough breathing time, the end product is a jumbled mess with a severe lack of focus. Many films can certainly handle multiple narrative threads, but this is one case where you end up trying to make sense of what it is you’re supposed to care about. Is it an action film? Sort of. Is it a romance? Sort of. Is it a movie about Asperger’s? Sort of. Is it an utter waste of a talented cast? Absolutely.
Everyone does his or her best, but not even J.K. Simmons can save a character who’s saddled with an hour’s worth of exposition right in the thick of the movie. The movie overall is full of stops and starts, never really building up to much before it lays it on thick with a laughable climax and a weak ending. Because the characters are treated in the same manner as the plot, there’s not much in here to connect to or be drawn in by. It just moves in and out of your life, two hours erased as your time in this world becomes a bit more boring.
Photo credit: The Accountant, Warner Bros. Pictures