The Movie: 7.8/10
I like it. I like it a lot. I understand the low common denominator aspect, guy with hidden skills kicks some ass…yes, we know this character from many other flicks, but sometimes one comes along that gets all the parts right and it’s a pleasure to watch. I’m already a fan of Ben Affleck, so take my review as you will. I am capable of noticing that he can be a bit distant or wooden at times, yes, however, as this character it works. He has a past, some secrets, and a lifetime of dealing with a version of Autism that propels him into being just that much different from other characters in this same scenario. He might be heavy on the mystery and light on the personality, but that’s part of the charm. I like the character, which means I cared what was going to happen, what choices he would make, and the outcome of those choices.
As for the story, it’s interesting enough, if not a bit lack luster when you get to the heart of it. I mean, greed isn’t exactly new to the story telling world, but the layers of how we get to the greed part make for a different kind of journey. The main part of this tale is man vs. himself, as Affleck’s character has had to battle his own problems throughout his life and find a way to succeed and do good at the same time. It’s not a super hero story, but it has some tid bits, like a well-trained, almost unhurtable person who faces down the evil doers of the world. Yes, he does it for a profit, but hey, Superman gets a kick out of being admire, so that’s a payoff of sorts, right?
There is no big love story or fluffy side thing going on. The whole thing is pretty much focused on our leading man, who he is, why he does what he does, and yes he deals with a bad guy (a few actually) but through it all we get a more rounded, three-dimensional character which makes it all more satisfying. I really enjoy The Transporter, but to be honest, he’s not much of a well-rounded guy:) The other main characters we meet get enough of a story to fill in who they are as well, which always helps make a movie better. The agents assigned to solve the whole big thing have enough moments with dialogue that makes sense for telling me who they are, that I end up caring about them as well, for better or worse.
I just really enjoyed the movie as a whole. I like the mystery of the guy who has a secret person who gives him assignments and he travels around where the money and the causes take him. He’s polished but cold and we get a glimpse as to why he is who he is and I end up sympathizing with him. That doesn’t always happen for me so it’s a bonus. I often find I just don’t really care about the characters, but curious about their adventures. I wanted to see this guy accomplish something, finish what he started, make a difference, or at least make his presence known. He did, and I got that sense of “Oh yea”.
Overall I think you know what I’ll say….I liked it. It’s not perfect. It’s got flaws, a lot of them, but it’s worth the ride to deal with the bumps.
- Inside The Man (10 Minutes) – A look at the character of Christian Wolff which Affleck seems to be very proud of.
- Behavioral Science (8 Minutes) – A look at Asperger’s with Ph. D Laurie Stephens.
- The Accountant In Action (7 Minutes) – A look at the training Affleck had to go through in preparation for the movie.
- 4k UHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 4/10
I get it, the movie is like a puzzle for this guy to solve and there is a puzzle on the cover. I don’t like it much, so I would not have it as a poster in my house.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The 4k transfer here is very very similar to the Blu-ray with a some very slight HDR effects in parts. Sharpness and detail are also identical. So this is not an essential 4k disc by any means. It’s also upconverted from 2k which is probably part of the issue. It looks great on both formats It’s just not a poster child for the fancy new format.
Both the Blu-ray and UHD disc feature a 7.1 and 5.1 soundtrack presented in DTS-HD MA. The most memorable part of the movie is the noise the Barrett M82A1M rifle makes at the midpoint of the film. Dialog is centered and easy to understand and surround sound permeates the action scenes.
Overall Score /10