Double dose of thrills at the Empire

Monday October 24, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment

BEN AFFLECK just made accountants look so damn cool.


No, I’m not saying accountants are boring. It’s just, well, they seem a bit uninteresting in some ways.

Have you heard them talk? The jargon they use can be pretty hard to make sense of. And yes, some of the things they say can hurt - the ears the most, before all the numbers start driving you crazy.

But then, accountants are probably the most important people in the modern age. They deal with something that matters the most to many: money.

You wouldn’t want to annoy them and seriously, I don’t know why I am taking that risk.

Anyway, back to Affleck and The Accountant, a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, who is known for his work with the sports drama film Warrior.

In The Accountant, Christian Wolff (Affleck) is an autistic mathematics expert who works as a forensic accountant for notorious criminal organisations, operating from a small-town CPA office.

Wolff is being pursued by Raymond King, the director of financial crimes of the Treasury Department, who knows the former by the alias “The Accountant”.

King recruits analyst Marybeth Medina, who has a troubled past, and blackmails her to work on the case.

Wolff, in the meantime, takes up a legitimate auditing job with a state-of-the-art robotics corporation, Living Robotics.

The company accountant, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) found suspicious financial discrepancies which is later justified in Wolff’s findings.

But things turn ugly when the perpetrator behind the embezzlement at Living Robotics hire a hitman known as “The Assassin” to eliminate the witnesses.

The Accountant is all about choices. Choices as to whether you want to be a victim or an assailant.

Wolff has a troubled past and is forced to fight his defects early in life to become a self-reliant and strong personality.

After a lacklustre show in Batman versus Superman, The Accountant came at a perfect time for Affleck to balance the shortfalls he may have incurred in the DC Comics superhero franchise.

The Accountant has a unique storyline which reflects on the main character’s past to define his actions in the present.

Wolff is a complicated character: a man who has trouble socialising with people, is silent but loud with a gun in his hand and an absolute genius with figures and numbers.

He is in every way a nerd, someone weirdly different from the rest and sooner or later, that difference starts to scare people.  

Empire Cinema is also showing Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -  a 2016 American action thriller film and the second instalment of the 2012 movie Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise in the main role.

The latest version is virtually a reboot of the initial release with an interesting twist.

Jack Reacher (Cruise), an ex-Army investigator, is back in the limelight after he learns Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), the person he has been in touch with, is accused of espionage.

While trying to clear Turner’s name, he unravels the truth behind a major government conspiracy that involves the death of US soldiers.

Things get even more complicated for Reacher, when he faces a paternity test to see whether he is the father of a 15-year-old girl.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a thrilling watch but loaded with lengthy dialogue, which becomes a bit tedious at times.

The action scenes, especially in the climax, are well orchestrated and executed.

There is also a pleasant wittiness in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back which you hardly ever see in movies of this genre.

If asked to choose between The Accountant and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I will have to go with the former, because it’s simply a better movie.

Safe weekend folks!

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