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)


    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.


    Flirting. Shirtless man, shirtless boy.


    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.


    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).


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


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


    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.


    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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