It seems that Ben Affleck truly is a movie star, propelling The Accountant to the top of the box office despite the fact it isn't based on any pre-existing property, making $25 million in its opening weekend. With the bizarre premise of an autistic man who cooks the books for crooks by day and shoots people at night, it shows Affleck has the ability to command large box office returns all by himself. Check out the trailer below:
With a premise as amusing as this one, The Accountant looks sure to keep up its successful box office run so far, and even be developed into its own franchise. It's nice to see a hero who is also autistic, meaning that kids with mental disabilities now have their own superhero to look up to. But what else should you watch if you enjoyed the movie? Well, we here at Movie Pilot have five more films for you to watch if you like The Accountant, starting with a classic:
1. A Beautiful Mind
In an Oscar-winning turn by Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind tells the story of genius mathematician John Nash, a man who made significant contributions to game theory, but also suffered from severe schizophrenia. The film manages to balance both sides of the man rather well, not defined by his illness, but nevertheless struggling to understand reality, at times even tiding over into strong thriller territory. Aided by an excellent performance by Jennifer Connolly, A Beautiful Mind even managed to nab Best Picture at the 2002 Oscars.
2. Shutter Island
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a U.S Marshal tasked with visiting a mental hospital on a remote island, Shutter Island has you guessing right until the final, enigmatic scene. At first it plays like a normal thriller, until we realise that something isn't entirely right with our protagonist and in fact his reality might not be the same as our reality. Scorsese was clever enough to put in purposeful continuity errors to help create a world out of joint. Still producing fan theories about what really happened at the very end, it is an expert blend of thrills and psychology inquiry.
3. Black Swan
Anchored by a devastating performance from Natalie Portman, this backstage drama shows what happens when you take your work so seriously you end up losing your mind. Portman plays a perfectionist ballet dancer who in trying to nail the white swan in the Tchaikovsky-scored performance of Swan Lake, finds her pursuit of getting the performance right affecting her ability to think clearly, turning the movie into a dense yet taut thriller. It's also pretty sexy, check it out below:
Being one of the first films to deal with psychoanalysis as a concept, this Hitchcock thriller starring Ingrid Bergmann and Gregory Peck looks at imposter syndrome, guilt complexes and amnesia — neatly wrapping it all up under his usual Wrong Man genre, in which the protagonist has to work to clear his name. This film also has one of the most famous dream sequences in popular culture, being devised by none other than Salvador Dali himself.
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Depicting a man, played by Guy Pearce, with anterograde amnesia, in which he is unable to form new memories, Memento works in reverse, meaning that we know only as much as our protagonist. Writing on himself in order not to forget what he has to do, the film forces the viewer to work with him to figure out who killed his wife. Nevertheless, it turns out that this condition can have devastating consequences, featuring an ending that lingers long after the credits have rolled.
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