Maybe The Accountant should just be a trailer and not a full-length feature film. It’d be a shame if the actual movie failed to match the beauty of this short, anxiety-filled tour de force.
Ben Affleck plays the titular account, who, as a child, is described as having more in common with “Einstein, Mozart, and Picasso” than he does with ordinary people. He’s a math savant, and as the trailer cuts back and forth between moments of the character as a socially deficient kid, to moments of him as a solitary adult who struggles with OCD, The Accountant seems like a cerebral drama. But it isn’t. Or, at least, that’s not all that this movie is.
Tension mounts as we see Affleck’s character, Christian Wolff, open a kitchen drawer that only contains three utensils, methodically drum his fingers on his office desk, solve a puzzle that’s facing down, walk into a room lined with guns, and look through the scope of a sniper rifle. That last one’s the kicker. Christian Wolff is an accountant who moonlights as an assassin.
Aside from the perfectly fitting song choice (Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place”), the great thing about this trailer is how menacing it is. Affleck doesn’t say a single word, which is obviously disorienting, but it’s also kind of scary. You watch him move through his world and think, “What the hell is going on?” That confusion works really well here. This movie is an action thriller, but all of the fights and chase scenes that might go on to make it Affleck’s Bourne Identity are only hinted at. All we get here is the tension, and it’s amazing.
The Accountant also stars Anna Kendrick, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow. It hits theaters October 14.