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Tom Hanks Goes To Sea in ‘Greyhound’ A WWII Nail Biter

by Michael John Scott

Based on a 1955 novel, the film Greyhound, follows a Navy captain who must shepherd men and ships across the perilous Atlantic Ocean to join the war. It’s a serious, well-intentioned slice of WWII naval history full of compelling detail and good action

It’s a fact, this is the type of movie that’s hard for me to resist, especially since I am a WWII buff. When I originally heard the team behind Greyhound, I was intrigued, but very cautious as well. In my opinion, Tom Hanks is one of the most likable and talented actors in the history of Hollywood. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had that much success in terms of writing screenplays. From That Thing You Do! to Larry Crowne, I’ve never been all that impressed.

Greyhound, however, is absolutely his best effort yet, and the unstoppable pace of the movie helped the script out immensely. The premise of this film revolves around Captain Krause (Tom Hanks) a very inexperienced seagoing officer captains his ship to the best of his ability.

During the hunt by U-Boats during World War II, he must make all the right decisions to prevent as many casualties as he possibly can. This entire 90-minute movie never stops moving. There are a couple of scenes that give some backstory to Hank’s character, but this film is reminiscent of Mad Max: Fury Road except it’s in the ocean. It may not be quite as impressive, but it’s certainly a highly engaging piece of war filmmaking.

There are a few minor distractions throughout the movie, but the solid direction by Aaron Schneider and the pulse-pounding score by Blake Neely keeps this film from ever feeling slow. It’s not perfect by any means but I had a really good time watching it and will no doubt watch it again and again. If you’re looking for an intense, exciting watch, Greyhound is now streaming on Apple TV+ and I think it’s worth your time. It certainly was worth mine.

You can see Greyhound at Apple+

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Posted by on July 22, 2020. Filed under MOVIE-TV-BOOK REVIEWS. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
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One Response to Tom Hanks Goes To Sea in ‘Greyhound’ A WWII Nail Biter

  1. Call me Steve Reply

    July 22, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Brilliant movie. I’ll be watching it again.

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