BECKETT MOVIE REVIEW
While the title of this film might leave you thinking of the early 2000’s Ted Danson sitcom “Becker”, “Beckett” is actually Netflix’s newest on-the-run action and naturalistic Euro drama. Greece isn’t exactly a diverse country. 98% of the population is Greek, while the remaining 2% is pretty much everyone else. So, you’d think a black man running for his life would stick out just a bit more, but luckily(?) for Beckett, while he’s running for his life because he’s witnessed some things he shouldn’t have, him being black doesn’t really come into play. So, progress? John David Washington plays Beckett, an American on a driving trip through the Greece backcountry with his girlfriend, April (Alicia Vikander). The two of them are very much in love and enjoy looking at strangers and creating backstories for them; April’s always managing to turn salacious and Beckett’s always remaining rather innocent. But that innocence isn’t meant to last. The duo is touring the remote parts of Greece after being warned of political unrest due to a politician’s son being kidnapped and the protests escalating outside their Athens hotel. Following a terrible car accident, Beckett finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy and the unlikely target of a manhunt. He is forced on the run in a foreign country, trying to uncover the hows and whys before it’s too late. Beau, Chad, Trevor, and T.C. are here to discuss the good, the bad and who prefers “Beckett” or “Becker”.
DIRECTED BY: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
STARRING: John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps, Alicia Vikander, Maria Votti, Panos Koronis, Lena Kitsopoulou
Beau Paul (Highly Suspect Reviews, The Original Gentlemen, Screener Squad)
Beau Paul is an Austin native, an actor, and a writer. Sometimes all at once! Previously he has attempted to be an internet entertainer (the funny ha-ha kind, not the naked moneymaking kind) at Spill.com, and now here on OneOfUs.net. You can read his pithy witticisms and the retweeted material of funnier, cleverer people on Twitter or Facebook, and can buy him stuff on Amazon.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)
Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
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