The Accountant was fantastic. Filled with suspense and action, seasoned with a pinch of comedy, this was the movie 2016 desperately needed. It feels like a combination of Jason Bourne and John Wick, and like both of those films The Accountant needs a sequel.
I would go so far as to say that Gavin O'Connor's action-thriller has what it takes to birth a franchise. There are countless ways that a sequel could develop; here is one vision of how the well-deserved sequel to The Accountant should happen.
Recounting 'The Accountant'
[Note: spoilers for The Accountant follow.]
By the end of The Accountant, we've learned out that mercenary Braxton, played by Jon Bernthal, wasn't just the assassin hired by Living Robotics’ CEO to kill Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) and other company targets; he's the Accountant’s brother. In true fraternal fashion, the two reunite with watery eyes, but Affleck's character Christian Wolff keeps to his routine and walks away. Some time later, Wolff sends Dana a sophisticated masterpiece painting disguised as a cheap decoration. So where do we go from there?
Through the painting Wolff, solidifies a rapport with Dana, which he struggled to do throughout the film. But what if there’s more than meets the eye to that specific painting? The movie ends with no specific direction for a sequel, but jumping off from Wolff's dangerous clients and that painting, let’s begin our story.
Tallying Up A Story For 'The Accountant 2'
We know that Wolff dealt with many of the world’s most perilous criminals, and have seen his highly intelligent British aide (revealed to be a childhood friend) and his handy dandy mobile armory -- so he probably has some other form of fail safe escape plan. The painting sent to Dana could contain some of Wolff's most valuable secrets. Ones even Raymond King (J.K. Simmons) would love to know. This is where a a dangerous client could return.
The Story: A highly sophisticated cyber attack targets high-profile tech companies. Amid the breach, those companies are outed for breaking tax laws and dealing with international mercenaries to deal with external obstacles. One hired gun, naturally, would have been brother Braxton Wolff.
This revelation makes Braxton Wolff a wanted terrorist, and therefore a top priorty for Marybeth Medina (played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson). With nowhere to hide, Braxton contacts his brother, who is still working as an accountant, and they meet in Christian's new storage facility. While Braxton is convincing his brother that he won’t survive long, their meeting is ambushed by Medina and the federal agency. An explosion goes off, the building starts to collapse, Braxton is killed, but Christian and Medina make it out alive. Unable to contact his British aide and with his mobile armory destroyed, Christian contacts Dana, who is still in possession of the painting, in order to figure everything out and avenge his brother’s death.
The artistic masterpiece is not just a valuable painting, but a hiding place for the sort of information people kill for. The only way to access the information is by scanning the painting and sending the image to Wolff's aide. The image serves as a key to a safe and activates a specific phone for which the aide can contact Chris in case of an emergency, on top of also regressing the information back to Chris. Within this specific set of information we find that when Chris used to manage the accounts of the Colombian Cartel, his brother was also hired to eliminate a target. The target was a Dutch crime lord that had a monopoly on the illegal trade business internationally, one whose account was also managed by Chris. Braxton had succeeded, but in process had made some people extremely angry. Worst of all, they were able to link Braxton to Chris.
Meanwhile, Medina is recovering from the explosion and is visited by Raymond King, who tells her that Chris’ British aid had contacted him and told him to tell Medina not to go after Chris. Concurrently, back in Dana’s apartment, Chris tells Dana to keep the painting safe while he travels to Aruba (where the new Dutch crime lord was staying) to avenge his brother. Dana insists that she comes with him, but is ultimately convinced otherwise. Before leaving without her, Chris and Dana share a passionate kiss at long last. The setting switches to the beautiful beaches of Aruba, where audiences are welcomed with action sequences of Chris beating the crap out of Dutch assassins. Unbeknownst to Chris, however, his arrival in Aruba was an elaborate trap.
We pick up back with a recovered Medina, who receives a direct call from the British aid. She tells Medina that the Accountant needs her help and that he is willing to give her his secrets if she does as instructed. Medina accepts. Chris, now captured by the Dutch crime lord and vulnerable due to his love for Dana, learns that the companies that were hit by the cyber attack where companies tied to criminal organizations whose accounts he had managed. It was all a revenge plot from the beginning. The Dutch crime lord killed by Braxton in Colombia was the brother of the new crime lord.
The brotherly drama continues and just as Chris is about to get shot in the head, he wrestles the gun from the crime lord. Though clearly outnumbered, Medina arrives in the knick of time with a group of federal agents as backup, causing all-out war to break loose in the beaches of Aruba.
When both Chris and Medina manage to kill every assassin on sight, the Dutch crime lord is captured and held responsible for the cyber attacks. For his crimes, Chris mercilessly kills him with a headshot. In the end, Chris keeps his promise to Medina by giving her the painting containing all the information. At the last minute, he adds one more condition — that she has to keep Dana safe.
'The Accountant' Deserves A Sequel
The Accountant was one of this year's best movies. With an excellent cast, director and production team, it has potential to become another blockbuster franchise for Warner Bros. If done right, a sequel to The Accountant could become the action/spy thriller that will knock James Bond himself down to second place. With an endless array of possibilities for a sequel, where would you like to take The Accountant next? Let me know in the comments below!