Thursday, April 27, 2017

Accountants Get Respect

In honor of April, a very taxing month, I rented The Accountant from Netflix. Ben Affleck stars as Chris Wolff, an adult high-functioning autistic with genius skills in accounting, martial arts, weaponry, and mathematics. He also has the problems of those afflicted with autism and Asperger's, such as difficulties socializing and adapting to unexpected events, and hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch.

There are several mysteries that propel the story: how did the Accountant acquire his skills, what is his relation to law enforcement, some of whom regard him as an arch-criminal, and what's going on with millions of dollars appearing and disappearing from Living Robotics, a company about to have an IPO?

There's a lot of violence and gunplay, and all the major mysteries are explained by the time the credits roll.

I enjoyed the movie not only because of the unusual characteristics of the protagonist but also because the writers took the risk of inserting some finance-geek dialogue. It's about time accountants got respect!

Financial statement analysis unearths the problem

A big reveal, though "not in a commensurate fashion" doesn't have the ring of "Luke, I am your father."

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