The Accountant (2016) Monday, 13 July 2020

The Accountant (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    It's all in the trailer.

  • Starring:

    Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Robert C. Treveiler

  • Directed by:

    Gavin O'Connor

  • Running time:

    128 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (often point-blank to face/head), punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against walls/objects, grabbed, dragged out of a car, taken hostage, held at gunpoint, strangled/neck-snapped, throat-grabbed, restrained, elbowed, pursued, shot with a nail-gun, tortured, tied up, thrown over a balcony, flipped, used as a grenade shield. Home invasion. A house is badly shot up. Archival vision is seen several times of men being stabbed (blood spatter seen). A man is blackmailed into suicide (drug-overdose; death not seen). Children engage in a street brawl. A man hits himself with an object. Objects thrown, smashed, kicked, snapped in half, shot, kicked in, rammed. Target shooting, hand-to-hand combat training. Arguing. A story is heard of a girl losing her legs in a car bomb. A story is heard of a woman giving a drug dealer cocaine then locking him in the trunk of a car. Flashback vision shows how a man was tortured to death. A story is heard of a man breaking a prison guard's skull. Weapons charges, assault and battery, attempted murder, Taliban, Al Qaeda, drug cartels, arms brokers, killing/violating your wife mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bruised/burned corpse in body bag. Corpse in coffin. Bloody heads, noses, mouths, teeth, knees, legs, cuts, grazes, walls, bullet wounds, clothing; pools of blood, blood spatter. Bruising. Neck-snap heard. Nail shot into man's hand. People with missing limbs/body parts. Man on EMT stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Shirtless man, shirtless boy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Zoloft tablets consumed. Vials of insulin seen. Fatal drug overdose (discussed). Opium pipeline, drug cartels, cocaine, dogs playing poker, blackjack, card counting, drug use, possession, quitting drinking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, cr*p, p*ss, sonofab*tch, fart. Name-calling. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references (goddam, Christ, oh God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph).

  • THEMES:

    Forensic accounting, fraud, neuroscience, high-functioning autism, stimming, prosthetics, mathematicians, brothers, crime families, conspiracy, strict military fathers, priceless goods/artworks, social cues.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead father, dead mother, estranged mother, dead best friend. Prison setting. Bacon eaten. Strobe lighting. Brief subtitles (French and Japanese).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Unusual, oddball, engaging, ludicrous, layered. Intriguing/ attention-grabbing/well-choreographed action, intense violence, fresh concept/premise, nice chemistry between leads, fantastic cast, memorable performance by Jon Bernthal, subtle/mischevioius performance by Ben Affleck.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven, unthrilling, goofy, frustrating, overcomplicated, style-less, formulaic, tone-deaf, dumb. Unclear/unconvincing/mundane/clichéd/ridiculous/derivative plot devices, uninterestingly written support roles, lousy title, lugubrious script, sterile visuals, takes a long time to get going.

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