First Glance: “Beckett”

A romantic vacation turns messy for John David Washington in the upcoming action thriller “Beckett”. This new Netflix film comes from Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, screenwriter Kevin A. Rice, and producer Luca Guadagnino. Right off the bat you can’t help but be drawn to its intriguing cast including Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps, and Boyd Holbrook.

Washington plays the title character Beckett, an American tourist who is vacationing in Greece with his girlfriend April (Vikander). After a car accident Beckett wakes up in a hospital with April nowhere in sight. Police question him and immediately become suspicious of his story. Soon a puzzled and frightened Beckett finds himself the target in a run-for-your-life manhunt through a country he doesn’t know. Clearly there are numerous secrets and potential conspiracies boiling under the film’s surface as Washington tries to survive. Shot in Athens, Filomarino seems to be leaning into the beautiful location and the action beats looks to be pretty thrilling.

“Beckett” premieres on Netflix August 13th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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