Autism: The Accountant

Gregg and I watched The Accountant the other night. Going into it, I didn’t know what it was about. I mean, I’m all about campy action movies, Ben Affleck is on the movie poster holding a sniper rifle. Gregg had already cleared it through PluggedIn to make sure that nothing in it went against our viewing standards. I’m in. I don’t necessarily need to know anything more.

Let me tell you my reaction to this movie:

Wow.

Wow.

Ben Affleck plays an autistic man. We get flashbacks of his life as a child.

Wow.

I know that people tell you that if you’ve met one person with autism then you’ve met one person with autism, that they’re so different from each other that it becomes impossible to pin down a standard theme. However, before anyone on the movie said autism, when we’re just introducing ourselves to a little boy and his parents, Gregg and I had it called.

There are enough similarities for autism and autistic children that any parent of a child with autism is going to immediately be drawn to Ben Affleck’s character and immediately want to fix his world.

Wow.

And, I have to say, that if you’re seeking a layman’s an understanding of the autistic mind, watch this movie. The writers, directors, and Affleck somehow hit it. Spot on. Watch it. You might learn something about this world in which some of us navigate daily.

And, you get awesome action coupled with some tense thriller moments.

Win/Win.

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