Swanner: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant who works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian’s new client is a robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars.
The film starts off dramatic. We see Christian’s family dealing with his autism, or rather not deal with it as his mother leaves the family because his father has decided to handle it his way. Christian was raised by his father who taught him and his brother to fight and, if necessary, kill. The rest of the film focuses on a functioning adult Christian and the business he has carved out for himself. Once you get in the film you get a feeling of where the story is going and how they are telling this story. Director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque (The Judge) tell a familiar story but in a whole new way. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?
The movie deals well with Christian’s autism, showing how someone can turn his limitations into very big advantages. Affleck comes across believable, which could make or break the film; his performance is very thoughtful and true. The film has a great cast with Affleck, Simmons and Kendrick… But wait theres more, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal and Cynthia Addal-Robinson round out the leads and give some really good performances. The script has a lot of humor to it which surprised me, These kind of films are usually so busy being action thrillers that they forget the audience needs a break from all the drama. It’s a film worth seeing and hero long over due.
Swanner: 3 stars