Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolfe, an exceptional accountant who, time and time again, seems to find himself involved with rather dangerous clients, but that certainly doesn't stop him from getting the job done. He's brought in to investigate a company that's been accused of stealing a large sum of money, and this allows Christian to meet Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), an accountant who works for the firm. While this is all occurring, however, Ray King (J.K. Simmons) and Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) are holding an undercover, somewhat off the books investigation into Christian, trying to uncover just who he really is.
It's a movie that defies genres, and what results is something you've never seen before. It's a combination of so many different things, but none of it feels out of place. It all flows consistently, and the tone they set up is maintained throughout. The film is written by Bill Dubuque, who wrote 2014's The Judge. Just like with The Accountant, The Judge received mixed reviews, but personally, I thought both of them were pretty great movies. With The Accountant, however, it's definitely a step up from The Judge. It's a much more to the point, tighter story, and there wasn't a single moment throughout where I was bored.
The entire cast is sensational, each of them giving an absolute stellar performance. Ben Affleck shines in the lead role, but he couldn't do it alone, as the supporting cast are just as great. This is the best film Anna Kendrick has done since 50/50, and her performance here may even top it. J.K. Simmons has always been extraordinary, and despite playing a smaller role, he does exactly what he needs to and more. This man is a legend. Also in the cast is Jon Bernthal, and while I won't discuss his character too much, I really liked what Bernthal brought to this movie. He always had me intrigued, and he goes up and beyond in the third act.
To sum up, The Accountant is a combination of many things, but they all fall perfectly in line together to make for one of the best films of the year. It's sophisticated, important, ambitious, exciting and an interesting character study. If you don't see this movie, you're missing out.