Beckett Parent Guide
The plot is so familiar that the details will slide in and out of your brain without leaving a trace.
Parent Movie Review
Although they started their vacation in Athens, a major political gathering scheduled right outside their hotel motivates Beckett (John David Washington) and his girlfriend April (Alicia Vikander) to take a trip to some smaller towns in northern Greece. While driving to their new hotel late at night, Beckett dozes off at the wheel, crashing the car down a cliff and into a house, killing April instantly. Before losing consciousness, Beckett is sure he saw a young boy, but after speaking with the police when he wakes up in the hospital, he is informed that the house is unoccupied. Becket is soon to learn that he has inadvertently stumbled into a national conspiracy which involves kidnapping, murder, and political assassination – and the conspirators do not intend to let him live long enough to tell anyone about it.
This is basically a Mad-Libs script. In *country*, tourist becomes involved in *conspiracy*, and struggles to know who to believe or where to turn. His only hope is *distant organization*, and only has *period of time* to get there before *pursuing entities* catch up with him. Formulaic writing doesn’t help any movies, but thrillers suffer more than most. The entire point of the genre is to be exciting and suspenseful – which is not easy to do when I already know where the script is going.
What’s even worse is that the film doesn’t even really try to hide which characters are involved with the conspiracy. They all ooze betrayal like a snail with a head cold. Although I suppose I shouldn’t complain, since the screenwriters barely bothered to give their title character a personality at all. I like John David Washington for the most part, but in this film he has two settings: Scared and confused. Once or twice he manages to be distraught, but mostly he sticks with scared and confused.
Frankly, I’m not sure there’s any reason I’d choose to watch Beckett over a more sophisticated thriller. This production has less profanity than some I could mention, but still too much to make it appropriate for a family audience. And then there’s the usual violence, which does not endear this to a younger audience either.
It’s always hard to write reviews for movies that are just…mediocre. This isn’t terrible, and I don’t want to give you that impression. If anything, it’s ephemeral. The details are all so familiar that they slip through your brain and leave little impression. You could absolutely sit down and watch this to kill time and not have a single thought cross your mind. If that’s what you’re looking for, then look no further.Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. Starring John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps. Running time: 108 minutes. Theatrical release August 13, 2021. Updated August 10, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Beckett rated TV-MA? Beckett is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language, smoking
Violence: An individual is killed in a car wreck. A character is shown contemplating suicide with a handful of pills. Individuals are shot, stabbed, beaten with pipes, tazed, and injured in long falls. One character has several fingers deliberately broken.
Sexual Content: There is a scene of a couple in bed with implied nudity but no explicit detail.
Profanity: There are 13 sexual expletives, eight scatological curses, and occasional use of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are seen drinking socially.
Page last updated August 10, 2021
Beckett Parents' Guide
What is the political situation in Greece like? What is the Golden Dawn? How have austerity measures hurt the country?
The Washington Post: After a decade of crisis, Greek politics are turning normal and more technocratic
Wikipedia: History of modern Greece
Wikipedia: Golden Dawn
The Guardian: Golden Dawn: the rise and fall of Greece’s neo-Nazis
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Thrillers about the wrong man in the wrong place include Ice Road, Commuter, Collateral, The Fugitive, The Firm, and The Manchurian Candidate. This film also has some commonalities with the Jason Bourne films, namely The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.