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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) – My rating 8.5/10

A Simple Favor is a mystery thriller film,  directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer and based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell.  The film follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend.  A very twisted plot that is a pleasant change from the all the aliens and super heroes we’ve been bombarded with lately.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed single mother who runs a mom vlog featuring crafts and recipes. During one of her sessions, she discusses an investigation, along with her feelings surrounding the disappearance of her best friend, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). In a flashback, Emily is a busy working mother, as a PR director for a fashion company.  Emily’s son, Nicky Townsend-Nelson (Ian Ho) attends the same elementary school as Stephanie’s son, Miles Smothers (Joshua Satine).  As a result of their new, fast growing friendship, which includes having play dates for the boys, and martinis for themselves the two women became inseparable.

They traded confidential and personal information about each other, at Emily’s request.  Emily learned of a secret Stephanie held about her half brother, Chris (Dustin Milligan), which she would playfully tease Stephanie about. Emily reveals a secret about  her husband, Sean Townsend (Henry Golding), an English professor who is also pursuing a writing career that has lead to their financial detriment. One day, Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit Nicky after school, which she happily obliges because Sean is in London.

This is the most I can reveal about A Simple Favor because the plot is so twisted I don’t want to give anything away.  This movie is intense and exciting.  The characters are intriguing yet shallow.  The relationships between the two women was started fast and never got beyond 2 weeks.  Sometimes we find ourselves drawn into a new relationship that is going so fast, we can’t seem to control it.  We even find ourselves saying and doing things we don’t ordinarily do in order to satisfy the friendship.  At some point we make a decision as to weather the relationship is a good one or a bad one, then we either get out of it or stay in.  In the cast of Emily and Stephanie, we see that something is really stinking in Denmark.  I liked the movie but found it somewhat unbelievable.  However, you will be fully entertained as well as surprised at the final outcome.  I recommend A Simple Favor to all — Check it out!

 

THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) – My rating: 9.3/10

theaccountantThe Accountant is an extraordinary thriller, about a very high functioning Autistic child, Christian “Chris” Wolff (Ben Affleck) who is also a mathematical genius.  Chris grows up and becomes a forensic accountant, tracking insider financial deceptions for numerous criminal enterprises brokered to him by a mysterious figure known as “The Voice”, contacting him only by phone.  There are many surprises in this movie and the excitement never ends. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. I don’t believe there’s anything predictable about this film.  Much care and research had to go into the making of The Accountant.  Watching how Chris compensates for his mental deficiencies to make himself more concise and better able to do what’s necessary to get the job done is nothing short of remarkable.  I was quite impressed with the movie.

As a child, Chris’ parents (Robert C. Treveile and Mary Kraft) took him to the Harbor Neuroscience Institute in New Hampshire, where he was diagnosed with autism and offered residency there. Although Chris bonded with Justine (Alison Wright), the mute daughter of the institute’s director (Jason Davis), his father, a decorated military officer, declined the offer, believing that Chris should overcome the hardships inherent to his condition rather than expect the world to accommodate to them. The pressure of raising a special needs child drove Chris’ mother to abandon him and his younger brother, Braxton (Jake Presley) who were left in their father’s care.

As an adult, Chris is being pursued by Raymond “Ray” King (J.K. Simmons), the director of financial crimes of the Treasury Department, who knows Chris by the alias “The Accountant”. King recruits an analyst, Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to help him identify and arrest the Accountant before his upcoming retirement.  In the meanwhile, Chris is off on a new assignment where he meets Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) a young CPA, who has found an accounting mistake in her company’s books.  CEO, Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow) and his sister and associate Rita Blackburn (Jean Smart) hire Chris to collaborate Dana’s findings.  Because of what Chris and Dana find, they are targeted for assassination — and so the adventure really gets started.  They are ruthlessly pursued by a hit man (Jon Bernthal).  I consider The Accountant a much see thriller that will keep you guessing right to the twisted end.