An American tourist becomes the subject of a manhunt while vacationing in Greece. As he goes on the run, he tries to stay one step ahead of his pursuers while bent on reaching the US Embassy to clear his name.
John David Washington drives this pulse-pounding thriller with a sublime performance. Starting at a slow pace, Beckett picks up just in time, and from that moment on the viewer is hooked until the very end.
The lead actor plays the titular character; a man who is on vacation with his girlfriend (Alicia Vikander) in Greece. A car accident at night leads to her death and him injured.
Beckett is rescued by the authorities and goes back to the crash site; a costly mistake as some cops try to kill him. He goes on the run, not knowing why he is being hunted down.
As events unfold, the protagonist learns that he saw what he was not supposed to see and those who know about it will go to any length to end his life.
A haunting soundtrack, excellent camera work, and superb acting by all the actors involved make this film very engaging. As the hero, Beckett's dilemma is one that the viewer understands, and empathy is easily evoked.
Washington plays the hunted hero to perfection; his inner conflict and the range of emotions are shown in every scene. The plot structure is excellent as it gives the viewer some time to guess before the mystery is slowly unraveled.
Beckett is a taut thriller, one with heart and a stupendous lead star. With a compelling story and a remarkable protagonist, the director creates a film that will leaves a major impression.
For me, this is one of the year's best. Two thumbs up!