Imagine my surprise when I walked out of The Accountant and I had only positive things circling my mind!? Because despite the promising trailer, and the premise, I was so certain the movie was going to step into the well known action thriller hole of clichés. Yet, The Accountant kept it fresh right until the end, surprising me with an unconventional final act, that deserves some praise on its own.
When I heard David Fincher was going to direct Gone Girl, based on a widely acclaimed book by the same name, I was slightly overwhelmed. My love for Fincher has been fundamental these past few years so I thought I’d shake things up a bit by reading the source material of his upcoming thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. This is not going to be a book review but I must emphasize that my excitement for Fincher’s Gone Girl is slightly driven by my knowledge of the story.
Firstly, I’m giving myself a great big hug for actually getting to the Oscar buzz movies before the Oscars are given out – something that I usually tend to do. That was a nice one, the hug I mean, anyways, important things first, Argo was in my highlights TOP 10 list of movies that I would definitely watch in 2013 and as you can see, it’s the first one I’m crossing off.
I haven’t seen a good action/drama/crime movie for a while (if I don’t count re watching The Departed) but The Town changed that – actually it didn’t 100% change it but it had some good moments. The whole story itself was rather not so good because I didn’t like the main characters! If you do a movie about bad guys they should be much more likable but I wasn’t excited about Ben Affleck at all! Jeremy Renner was the bad bad character and Jon Hamm from Mad Men was the good guy. Of course there were women involved, a blond and a brunette – Blake Livley and Rebecca Hall.
Point of this whole movie is … let me think about it, what was the point? A group of bad guys robbed banks and money trucks (because they owed some other big bad guy some favors or something) and then one of them fell in love with the woman they held hostage. FBI mean while tracked down the bad guys and wanted to bring them in (it’s his job you know!). Then the end action and then – nothing. I mean the bad good guy Ben Affleck gave his money to the ice rank and the woman but that was it – everybody died or went away or nothing happened to them. It doesn’t have a bad rating in IMDb, I mean 7,8 is rather good but I do that, I pin point things I don’t like in movies that are good but not great.
Ben Affleck isn’t my favorite but he has done some great work – I’m thinking about the beginning of his and Matt Damons career Good Will Hunting. This time Ben Affleck wrote with another guy and sat in the directors seat to get the maximum experience – wrote, directed and played the lead – a bit creedy isn’t it Mr. Affleck? But besides my personal thoughts on Ben Affleck I think he did a good job, not great, simply good enough to stand out from the less than avarage crime movies. 3 out of 5 for this one guys, why? Because I expected more from Ben.
And I’ll try to perfect the point system this year, this one is getting old really fast.