REVIEW: Action and Hanks’ performance keep ‘Greyhound’ afloat

Tom Hanks returns to the World War II era in this feature, trading a mission to save a soldier after D-Day for escorting ships across the Atlantic Ocean.

“Greyhound” follows the Hanks character Captain Krause, who commands a destroyer named Greyhound. The craft is responsible for protecting supply ships from German UBoats as they make their way from the United States to the European Theatre.

Danger is always around the corner for the Greyhound. There’s a constant enemy threat lurking under the waves, which keeps the crew active throughout their mission. As a result, Krause has to remain alert and is required to be regularly giving orders.

“Greyhound” is a more simplified war film, which both helps and hinders the overall product. On the one hand, the film leans toward TV movie territory at times, and the picture is shorter meaning, more human moments are limited.

However, “Greyhound” has the advantage of being straight to the point. The film gives just enough background on Hank’s character and then jumps into a consumable hour and a half war action feature.

The movie isn’t on the level of some other war epics that explore the human condition in the midst of combat nor does it feature the spectacle that pictures such as “Dunkirk” have had, yet as a smaller scale flick, it’s watchable.

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The main thing bumping the film to above average is Hanks. Captain Krause is stern and stoic, yet also carries a calming, respectful nature, and the Academy Award winner brings that all to the screen exceptionally well.

One somewhat strange aspect to the movie, though, is a sort of small sub plot featuring a pair of black cooks on the ship. It feels kind of shoehorned in and isn’t given enough attention to be a full commentary on race during that period.

As for the action itself, “Greyhound” mostly delivers. Perhaps it’s not as polished as other war movies from the past decade, but when the situation ramps up and the danger increases, it can keep an audience engaged.

If it wasn’t for Hanks, “Greyhound” likely would have struggled and might not have been able to keep above water. Because of his presence, some solid battle scenes and a few well meaning somber moments, “Greyhound” earns a 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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