Vic's Flick Picks
(3 popcorn boxes)
I didn’t expect much of this movie… but the glut of horrible movies in the last six weeks has been painful. So I went to see Ben Affleck in The Accountant. It wasn’t horrible – but mostly because the storyline (and main character) was a mash-up of some much better films.
Affleck plays Christian Wolff (spoilers - not his real name). He is an accountant (duh) and we slowly learn that his obsessive compulsive behavior, or autism, or math savant tendencies…the film cleverly avoids any labels which allows them to throw all kinds of violence into the mix. This is not a bad thing.
As I mentioned, the storyline suffers from an abundance of familiarity – two steps ahead of everybody (Jack Reacher), cold-blooded and ruthless killer (John Wick) and an assistant that sets up his jobs and takes care of his life of crime (Grosse Pointe Blank – but not as funny). All good movies. You should rent them – or I can let you borrow mine.
The addition of Treasury agents (J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson), a damsel to rescue (Anna Kendrick) and the sadly underused John Lithgow didn’t really help a lot. But the action! Wow!
The Accountant fell short in all the peripheral characters, and conversely spent too much effort in setting up the backstory of Wolff. The villain was immediately obvious, but the nemesis was a welcome surprise. Small things saved this movie from being horrible.
Three boxes out of five for The Accountant. I thought parts of the movie were much slower than they needed to be, but the action scenes included some great fights, good car chases and lot of bullets. I cannot ask for more. This film is rated R for ridiculous amounts of shooting and violence. Excellent!
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Anna Kendrick is a favorite of mine. She played a young therapist in one of my favorite movies in 2011…which starred Joseph Gordon Levitt.
LAST WEEK’S MOVIE TRIVIA
I have already given you Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen… can you name the other five actors who portrayed the Magnificent Seven in 1960? Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter (he was the tricky one).
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