Second Trailer for ‘The Accountant’ Still Puts Everything In Its Right Place
Never underestimate the importance of the right song to your trailer. In the first trailer for The Accountant, we got our first glimpse at Ben Affleck’s killer set to the haunting dissonance of Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place.” And while our own Britt Hayes may have been right — the track may have been just a little too on the nose — gosh darn it, the whole thing just worked. Now Warner Bros. is back with a brand new trailer that teases out a little more information about the title character but kept the Radiohead song. Everything in its right place, indeed.
The Accountant is, for me, one of the most difficult moves to crack in the remaining 2016 lineup. Both this and the first trailer released in May hint at a film awkwardly straddling two separate types of movies: one foot in a sort of pseudo Oscar-bait drama about a man overcoming his developmental issues to form a human connection, and the other foot in the kind of humanistic hitman film that helped make John Woo an international icon. Perhaps the closest film I can think of is the 2010 thriller The American, another film that walked the line between conventional artistry and genre. And with plenty of weapons on display — but very little action in the trailer itself — it seems as though the best of the The Accountant may bet yet to come.
Whatever The Accountant turns out to be — and whether it manages to treat its central character with respect rather than as a superhuman curio — the sheer talent of the cast and crew makes it a film almost impossible to miss. Anna Kendrick, Jon Berthnal, J.K. Simmons, Jon Lithgow, and Jeffrey Tambor make up the kind of supporting cast that could pivot easily between comedy and drama, high-concept and high-energy. Here’s hoping the next trailer will actually tip the film’s hand.
Here is the full plot synopsis for the film:
Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he 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, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
The Accountant will land in American theaters on October 14, 2016.