in November of 2012, I wrote a post somewhat off topic for the blog asking the question “What about heroes without empathy?” I
was am confused when it comes to admirable people with heroic dimensions who just happen to be unable to relate to other fellow human beings.
While the post had nothing to do with losing weight or living a long, healthy life, it proved very popular and stimulated interesting comments from readers.
That brings me to yesterday. I went with my girlfriend to see Ben Affleck’s new film, The Accountant. Lo and behold, here we are three years later with a powerful hero very much unable to relate to his fellow human beings.
The Accountant suffers from autism. Autism Speaks defines this as a general term for “a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”
The film surprised me on a number of levels. After seeing the trailers, I expected a high level thriller with Ben Affleck kicking a lot of bad guy butt.
I was pleasantly surprised to experience not only a high level thriller with Ben Affleck kicking butt, but also a detailed exposition of autism and how it affects personal development.
With only one reservation, I would like to recommend the movie as an engaging couple of hours in a dark theater with a small bag of popcorn on your lap. Continue reading