Beckett is a 2021 English-language action thriller film. Ferdinando Cito Filomarino directed the film. Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps, and Alicia Vikander also star in the picture, which stars John David Washington as an American tourist on vacation in Greece who becomes the object of a manhunt following an accident and must reach the embassy to clear his reputation.
Beckett made its global premiere on August 4, 2021, at the 74th Locarno Film Festival, and Netflix released it digitally on August 13, 2021.
Beckett Release Date
In October 2020, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the picture, which was then titled Born to Be Murdered and set a release date of 2021. It was announced in January 2021 that the picture had been renamed, Beckett. On August 4, 2021, it had its global premiere at the 74th Locarno Film Festival. On August 13, 2021, the film was released.
Beckett, an American tourist, and his girlfriend April flee Athens, Greece, due to political upheaval. Beckett falls asleep at the wheel and smashes their car into a nearby house while traveling to their accommodation in a mountain village in the Epirus region. April is killed in the disaster, but Beckett observes a boy being whisked out of the house by a blonde woman while stuck in the wreckage.
The next day, Beckett is interviewed by Xenakis, a local police officer, who informs him that he was fortunate that the house he crashed into was abandoned; however, Beckett tells Xenakis about seeing the boy and the woman. Beckett returns home after leaving the police station with the intention of killing himself, but the blonde woman returns and fires at him before he can do so. Soon after, Xenakis arrives and informs him it is safe to come out of hiding, but when he does, Beckett is shot in the arm by both the woman and Xenakis, who are after him.
Beckett notices two activists, Lena and Eleni, putting up posters of the boy. They inform him the boy is Dimos Karras, the kidnapped son of a liberal politician who is supposedly being held captive by a far-right group. They drive Beckett to Athens, but he must split up with them to avoid a police roadblock, so he takes the train to the US embassy, where he is assaulted by a knife-wielding man. After making it to the embassy, he is welcomed by embassy employee Tynan, who informs him that April’s body has been sent to the embassy, and Beckett is escorted to the mortuary to see her.
When Beckett tells him about Dimos’ kidnapping and activists, Tynan pledges to take him to an honest cop to clear things over. After leaving the embassy, Tynan tries to subdue Beckett with a taser, but he manages to flee. Beckett meets up with Lena and Eleni to warn them about Tynan, but Tynan appears with the cops shortly after and chases Beckett to a political rally. At the rally, shots ring out, and Beckett seeks refuge in a cellar, where he is approached by Tynan, who informs him that Dimos Karras’ father has been killed.
Tynan explains that Karras had secretly owed money to an organized crime gang, which kidnapped his son in vengeance but blamed his political opponents, hinting that the US played a role in the lie. They pursued Beckett because they feared he had learned the truth about Dimos’ kidnapping. Beckett knocks Tynan out despite Tynan’s promises that he is now free to leave because Karras is dead.
Beckett returns to the protest location to visit Lena and Eleni but instead encounters the blonde lady who took Dimos. He pursues her to a parking garage, where she meets Xenakis, who has Dimos confined in his trunk. Beckett shoots Xenakis in the hand and clashes with the blonde woman before they can flee. He is shot but manages to knock her down, and then chases down Xenakis as he attempts to flee.
Beckett jumps onto the car from the top of the parking garage and knocks out Xenakis, allowing Dimos to be rescued. Beckett looks down at his palm in the closing scene and discovers a heart April had sketched on his hand before the collision, musing on how he should have died.
- John David Washington as Beckett
- Boyd Holbrook as Stephen Tynan
- Vicky Krieps as Lena
- Alicia Vikander as April Hanson
- Maria Votti as Eleni
- Panos Koronis as Officer Xenakis
- Lena Kitsopoulou as a woman who works with Xenakis to hunt down Beckett.
Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Screenplay by Kevin A.
RiceStory by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
- Luca Guadagnino
- Marco Morabito
- Francesco Melzi d’Eril
- Gabriele Moratti
- John David Washington
- Boyd Holbrook
- Vicky Krieps
- Alicia Vikander
- Frenesy Film
- Rai Cinema
- RT Features
- Wise Pictures
Distributed by Netflix
- August 4, 2021 (Locarno)
- August 13, 2021 (United States)
The film was released on August 13, 2021, you can watch it on Netflix