Director : Aaron Schneider
Producer: Gary Goetzman
Main Cast : Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue
Genre : War/Drama
Release Date : July 10, 2020 (Apple TV)
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.7/10
Revue of GREYHOUND
Greyhound stars Tom Hanks as Ernest Krause the commander of a destroyer, the USS Keeling (its call sign was Greyhound), leading a convoy of 37 Allied ships across the Atlantic in early 1942 (WWII) when the convoy are ambushed and attacked by German U-boats (pack of wolves).
If you’re conversant with WWII, you will recognize this section of history as “the Battle of the Atlantic” where the allied forces sustained heavy causalities trying to transport supplies and soldiers to the frontlines because the allied forces were too far from air protection and were constantly ambushed by the Germans who wanted to cut off supplies to the frontlines. Seeing that this film is largely historical, it may not appeal to a lot of people except WW11 historians and enthusiasts. Also another aspect of the film which may not appeal to larger audiences is that the film is full of nautical terminologies. The only way I could follow it was with subtitles and I did enjoy it…but that’s just me.
I like the tactical warfare displayed in Greyhound with each party trying to outwit the other with either speed or guile with the little resources at their disposal. This battle that spanned 48 hours is basically the whole plot of the film so this may appear too insubstantial for audiences but this lean plot is the highlight of the film to me because it allowed for the film to focus and detail the battle.
Greyhound is an adaptation of C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd and is presently streaming on Apple TV so you should definitely check it out and leave me a comment in the comment section below or on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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