The Accountant: In Summary (a good name for a sequel?) is the story of Christian Wolff, played by Ben Affleck, who has autism and has never been able to connect with people; instead, he finds meaning through numbers.
Throughout a jumbled timeline, we see Wolff’s strict upbringing after his mother leaves, and his colonel father starts to train Wolff and his brother to fight, thinking that this will help Wolff when the other kids pick on him for being ‘different’. Good one, Dad.
As a high-functioning adult with autism, Wolff uses a small-town accounting office as a front to un-cook the books for some of the world’s most dangerous criminals. On the side and perhaps somewhat unbelievably, he’s also just as handy with weapons as he is with numbers.
With agents from the Treasury Department closing in, Wolff takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a client where a young accounting clerk, Dana (Anna Kendrick), has discovered a discrepancy of millions of dollars. As they get closer to the truth, the body count starts to rise, people aren’t who they say they are, and Wolff might even make a connection with a human.
It runs slightly too long for my attention span, at 2 hours 8 minutes, but is more action-packed than the title lets on. All in all, there are so many convoluted layers that in the end something just doesn’t quite add up…