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Despite Tepid Reviews, Beckett – Shot in Greece – #1 on Netflix

Behind the rising star of John David Washington – Denzel Washington's son – the film Beckett, that was filmed in Greece as a political thriller that combines The Fugitive with The Parallax View and diplomacy and government corruption and conspiracy, is the number one watched movie on Netflix.

Netflix watchers have been loving Beckett, with one tweeting, "I was expecting Beckett to be a standard Netflix action vehicle but actually surpassed expectations." 

The user added that it's "more of a 70’s fugitive drama style that unfolds slowly with more story than action and the better for it." One other user offered, "Beckett on Netflix is a good movie. It took me on a roller coaster,” said the site Pop Culture.

The adventure film centers around Beckett (Washington), a tourist visiting Greece who finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy and the preview got almost two million hits in the month before it began showing Aug. 13.

The critics aren't so kind despite the look that shows off a lot of Greece, including the ancient site of Delphi, with an overall rating of only 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which sets a 75 percent rating as watchable.

One critic wrote, “Beckett might seem like a run-of-the-mill man-on-the-run thriller, but like its protagonist, it evolves as it goes along – always inventive, but never implausible,” said the site Pure Woe.

Washington's character is an American on vacation in Greece with his girlfriend who get into a terrible car accident for which he is blamed, putting himself on the run from the Greek police and finds himself being shot while hunted.

Typical of these chase political conspiracy movies, he figures he has to get to the US Embassy while critics said just why he's being pursued, who's behind it and why aren't clear even by the end, which sounds something like his previous film Tenet that no one could figure out.

At least you can see Greece, unless you're a tourist in the country in which case you might want to avoid the police and know where the US Embassy is. 

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