Verdict: A thriller that is wrapped nicely with a bow.
The one-man-army kind of movies make for an exciting watch. We have seen actors like Matt Damon (Bourne series), Liam Neeson (Taken series), Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher series) carry these movies on their shoulders and they have done an excellent job. These movies usually have a hyper-trained or hyper-skilled character on a mission to save the day. Solid action sequences and admirable marksmanship are the key features of such movies. It is about time that Ben Affleck stars in such a movie, as it acts as a very nice teaser for the stand-alone flick about the Dark Knight that we are eagerly waiting for.
Ben Affleck plays an autistic accountant who is working under the alias Christian "Chris" Wolff. His primary job is to "uncook" the books for crime kingpins and large corporate firms. And when he is not doing that, he runs a small accounting firm, which he uses as a front to launder money he earns from his primary job. The Director of the Treasury Department, Ray King (J.K. Simmons) and Agent Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinso), who have some secrets of their own, are on the hunt of this accountant. This makes Christian lay low for a while and take up a legitimate major client. An accountant Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) in a state-of-the-art robotics company has found some discrepancies and Chris is called in to look deeper into it. He finds some clues that point to a larger game. As soon as he comes closer to the truth, an assassin (Jon Bernthal) is sent to stop him from finding out the truth and kill some others along the way as well.
The first half of the movie effortlessly builds up the plot, introducing various puzzle pieces, which come together in the end and form the whole picture. Flashbacks offer insights into how Chris has developed all his current abilities. The action scenes are smooth and there are a lot of gun fights, which are not gory but definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Ben Affleck has done an excellent job as the autistic genius who has an affinity for numbers instead of people. He is shown to have been trained under the guidance of his father who used to be a military officer. The flashbacks offer insights into how parents deal with kids who are not "normal". Anna Kendrick is excellent in her brief moments. The chemistry between Ben and Anna is a little lacking, a fact that the filmmakers realized and decided against moving forward with that plot line.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Ben Affleck rocks it with changing between a common accountant who is brilliant and a trained assassin who is equally brilliant. Watch it for all the answers to the questions and all the solutions to the puzzles. Everything is so well-made that you won't go home with any pending questions!