I’m No Accountant: The True Story


By Kevin Zemaitis

It was November 5th, a surprisingly warm 54 degree day, on the eve before Bryant’s final regular soccer game of the season.  A day where a dear fellow teammate and myself decided to stimulate the local Lincoln, Rhode Island economy by indulging in gluttony at Trattoria Romana before a 4:05 movie showing at the cinema.  As we both approached the ticket window, we both took advantage of the student discount (where I’m convinced you save $4-$5 for speaking up) and moseyed our way inside.  For a Saturday movie showing, it was quite busy.  After waiting in a concession line for approximately 10 minutes I successfully spent roughly $17 on bargain items.  

As I sip on my large jumbo cherry coco cola with no ice (to get more bang for my buck) and nibble on the large popcorn, I cannot help but to notice a zoo of children.  Since when have parents decided that an ideal place to hold a birthday party is a movie theater? Seems more of a nuisance than a good ole time; but then again, I guess the children are caged in and the only place they can run away and hide is, well everywhere.  I digress.

The main point of this article is not the CFA, but the CPA Ben Affleck in the movie “The Accountant”.  Even though my favorite Bostonian actor is the one and only Marky Mark Wahlberg, Benji did well in portraying an autistic mathematical savant.  

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) from an early age clearly had neurological deficiencies that his parents wanted to solve because he was clearly smart, but his mannerisms and actions were uncontrolled outbreaks.  

His father was a distinguished Colonel and instead of having Christian stay at a hospital or a special home for treatments and better diagnosis, his father took him and his other brother to military base locations (presumably) around the world.  It was at these base locations where Christian and his brother at an early age began to learn their limitations (physically and mentally) as their father put them through intense militarized training.  

Christian Wolff used a small-town CPA office in Illinois as a front for his freelance accountant lifestyle where he looks at the books of high valued and high crime individuals and organizations.  Due to Wolff’s clientele and investigations that show his face in photographs, Treasury agents become curious as to who exactly the accountant is.  Upon receiving wind of agents investigating his identity, Wolff takes on a legitimate client, a state-of-the-art robotics company, where not everything at this company adds up.  

As Wolff gets closer and closer to the truth, this action/adventure/drama/thriller leaves you, the viewer, engaged throughout the movie.  

The movie was good and the scenes made the movie worthwhile, but it was nothing more than just a thriller with good scenes.  The movie provided chuckles here and there, but when the movie ended, the movie didn’t really end, if you know what I’m saying. It was a cliffhanger, a movie where the ending didn’t reach a destination and when the screen went black, I was hoping for an additional 15 minutes to which my dreams, were not answered. Movie rating, 7, if I had a drink or two, 7.5.