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I love a good film about war. Especially if it's able to make us care for its characters, tell a story that is either unique or based on a true and unknown story, and treats its setting with respect and realism. You know what I also love? Tom Hanks. So it should be no shocker that I was excited for Greyhound, a new WW2 movie starring Hanks (he also wrote the screenplay). Hanks, no newbie to the war genre, tells a much different story than we are used to when it comes to WW2 stories, with the majority of Greyhound focusing on naval warfare. Sounds unique and different. Let's see if it's good.

OPENING THOUGHTS:

DIRECTION:

Director Aaron Schneider (Get Low) doesn't have too many credits under his belt. Besides Get Low, he's only directed one short film and did the cinematography for two others. So it's very impressive that he's so assured with his first film in over a decade and his first action film. Schneider keeps the pace fast with a barely 90-minute runtime with plenty of very impressive, tense and immersive action scenes throughout. What I liked the most is how realistic the crew of the "Greyhound" was portrayed and how all characters had a purpose and were never used as simple comedic relief or anything like that. It's PG-13 but feels more mature than a lot of R-rated war movies out there. Hats off to Schneider, and I would love to see what he does next.

PLOT:

When it gets right down to it, the plot is extremely simple. Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) commands the Greyhound, a Fletcher Class Battleship, and along with a convoy of 36 other ships, is tasked with traveling across dangerous waters filled with Nazi U-boats that have only one mission: to destroy each and every ship in the convoy. It’s a simple premise effectively told and realistically portrayed like said above. My main problem is the human aspect. While I liked that each character was useful and felt like a real soldier and not a stereotype, there aren't a lot of supporting characters we really get to know. Krause is the main focus character-wise, and while his development is solid, I wish the others had just a little more to do. Again, it's a fast-paced action movie so I won't fault it too much, but I would've liked to have seen a bit more from the crew of the Greyhound.

ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:

One thing is for certain, and that’s if you cast Tom Hanks in your movie then he's going to give a damn good performance. Commander Krause has just been appointed Commander of the ship and Hanks does a terrific job of showing his determination and fear through just his facial acting alone. He's focused on the mission at hand but is still new so watching him slip up by calling his crew members the wrong names at times and second-guessing himself adds to his character. I also found it interesting how he deals with casualties both on the Navy side and on the Nazi side. You can tell he's very sickened by war and violence and is deeply religious as well. He's a deeper character than I first thought when I was watching the movie. That's why I believe a movie should always be thought about first before immediately reviewed. 

While Hanks is great as usual, it's a shame the supporting cast really doesn't have many moments to shine. I will give special kudos to all of the voice actors in the movie who do a great job portraying the voices of the commanders for the other ships in the convoy and even Thomas Kretschmann voicing a sinister and trash-talking U-boat commander.

VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:

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 Published: 07.22.20

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          MPAA: PG13

                 Genre: Action. Drama. History.

                                                                                                                                                                             "...powerful, beautiful, fast-paced, and respectful..."

I was contemplating if I should give this a full rating because there are certain shots where the water is clearly special effects and the green screen effects don't really work, but despite that I have to give it a full. The reasons why are because of how gorgeous a lot of effects are for a movie that's packed with them, and with a budget of only 50 million dollars. A lot of the scenery, ships, and battle scenes are CGI and look damn good for the most part. Because of the very solid visual effects along with the great acting, direction, score, and even the lighting which plays a big part in the story and sets a very dangerous mood, you completely buy every single moment of the film.

     RELEASE: 07.10.20

Greyhound (2020) | APPLE TV+

MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:

I was contemplating if I should give this a full rating because there are certain shots where the water is clearly special effects and the green screen effects don't really work, but despite that I have to give it a full. The reasons why are because of how gorgeous a lot of effects are for a movie that's packed with them, and with a budget of only 50 million dollars. A lot of the scenery, ships, and battle scenes are CGI and look damn good for the most part. Because of the very solid visual effects along with the great acting, direction, score, and even the lighting which plays a big part in the story and sets a very dangerous mood, you completely buy every single moment of the film.

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

While I would've liked a bit more development for its side characters, Greyhound is still a powerful, beautiful, fast-paced, and respectful depiction of what Naval warfare was like back during World War 2. Check it out on Apple TV; it's worth a watch.

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