TRAILERS: 7 films in UAE cinemas this week
At first glance, this sounds a little like a thriller-by-numbers, a sort of Michael Clayton with elements of organised crime thrown in – accomplished enough but not something to necessarily sprint to the nearest multiplex to see. What unfolds, though, is ultimately a superhero movie in a shirt and tie that will make you wonder whether you’re in on the joke or not – or, indeed, whether there is actually a joke to be in on.
The film centres on Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), a maths genius with an Asperger’s type aversion to anything more than perfunctory social interaction who works as an accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. And he’s also got high-level “anti-bullying” training that means he’s a dead-eye shot and pretty vicious in hand-to-hand combat. And he writes complex formulas on glass. He’s Batman crossed with A Beautiful Mind.
Anyway, when the Treasury Department’s Ray King (a suitably stony-faced JK Simmons) begins to close in on his operations, Wolff begins to work for a robotics company where he manages to uncover some shenanigans – including dead bodies and threats to him and his sort-of love interest, Dana (Anna Kendrick).
In between all this, there is a heck of an origin story, which charts Christian’s struggles with his condition – which leads you to think there may be more films to come. A number-crunching superhero? Worse ideas have made it further.
In cinemas from October 27