The Accountant Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Accountant by Mark Isham.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 73.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick & J.K. Simmons. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise. The score is composed by Mark Isham.
So who is the Accountant? Seems like a kid on the autism spectrum with more than just a particular set of skills. It’s funny, when I was a kid, we played a game where we would think of the most boring jobs imaginable and an accountant was pretty much near the top spot. It’s a perfect cover though for an exciting life which Affleck’s character seems to have in abundance, a little too exciting perhaps. My expectations aren’t too high for this one. The main character is cold, the plot is cold, and I think the movie would fit a typical dark thriller score. I’m hoping for some action, but Isham isn’t one to provide some over-the-top action music in his score. It opens with ‘At The Ravenite Scoial Club’ and like I expected, it’s dark, cold and distant. There’s a thriller ambience, very dark and a pulse-like percussion. Nothing too special, but this is probably exactly what the movie requires.
‘Harbor Neuroscience’ has a little bit more warmth, not much though. The theme here is science and probably a theme for the main character as he try to figure out life. It’s probably not going to be much more warmth than this and I accept that. I do understand the need to keep it cool and downplaying the music a bit. Thrillers are often like that. It’s not going to be a favorite score of mine, but I knew that going in. The title cue ‘The Accountant’ is a bit fun though. It’s different. It uses piano, and I’m thinking of “The Beautiful Mind’ where similar techniques were used to portray the jumbling mind of the main character. The action music in this score is represented well in ‘Rice Farm’ and ‘Specialized Training’. It’s a decent modern action cue, but I feel it’s too weak to really make an impact. It’s your run-of-the-mill thriller score and as a standalone listen it doesn’t do much for me, but I think it will work well in context.