Greyhound

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Greyhound's characters aren't as robust as its action sequences, but this fast-paced World War II thriller benefits from its efficiently economical approach.

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His convoy, however, is pursued by German U-boats. Although this is Krause's first wartime mission, he finds himself embroiled in what would come to be known as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic.

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Tom Hanks
Captain Krause
Stephen Graham
Charlie Cole
Rob Morgan
Cleveland
Tom Brittney
Lt. Watson
Tom Hanks
Screenwriter
Jason Cloth
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David Coatsworth
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Aaron L. Gilbert
Executive Producer
Aaron Ryder
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Shelly Johnson
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Sidney Wolinsky
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Mark Czyzewski
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Critic Reviews for Greyhound

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (167) | Rotten (44)

  • Yes, it is taught, brisk, and focused, but I didn't learn enough about the characters... I would have felt more emotionally invested.

    July 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Hanks' script is an example of economical storytelling and the end result is a thrilling 75 minutes of the kinds of things one expects from well-made submarine movies.

    July 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The role brings out another in the Tom Hanks gallery of seemingly unremarkable men rising to meet extraordinary challenges.

    July 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • When a torpedo careens right off the side of the Keeling at one point, the action beat stands out from the shapeless cacophony of screams and explosions that "Greyhound" substitutes in lieu of coherent naval warfare.

    July 11, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Schneider can't figure out how to elevate it beyond [his] minimal intentions, and Greyhound starts to become numbing in its tactics.

    July 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Dunkirk" or "1917," this is not. But as a window onto an under-acknowledged arena of combat and a starting point for armchair military historians, "Greyhound" is seaworthy enough to make it across.

    July 10, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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    Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Greyhound

  • Sep 11, 2020
    A first time Allies captain endeavors to protect a naval convoy steaming across the Nazi sub-filled Atlantic in the early days of WW2. Or Tom Hanks, in recognition of his core demographic of fans (WW2 veterans) finally gives them the Navy they remember and have been clamoring for from him. It's a decent, if slim, effort, written by Hanks himself from a C.S. Forrester novel, giving the barest minimum of brushstrokes to establish a rousing cheer for that branch of the service. If that was the case, one could ask for more story, but nevertheless mission accomplished.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2020
    I'm fairly certain I now know what my father's favorite movie of 2020 will be. Greyhound is a World War II movie set in the cold, grey waters of the mid Atlantic and follows a cat-and-mouse game between an Allied convoy and a German submarine pack in 1942. Tom Hanks plays the beleaguered U.S. Navy captain of the Greyhound making his first voyage and the long, hard-fought campaign over five days without air cover. I wish I could have seen this in theaters with the added benefit of the immersive screen, the rumbling sound system, and my father as company. While often exciting and well rendered with visual effects, the movie isn't so much a movie as it is a DLC video game campaign. Ostensibly this is a movie about heroic qualities like leadership and sacrifice and bravery, but it's really all about tactics and historical realism. It reminds me of those Civil War movies in the 1990s that appealed to battle re-enactors. This feels like it's made for the same crowd; not moviegoers looking for engaging characters and compelling drama but moviegoers looking for period jargon and historical accuracy, things incidental to storytelling. The climax comes at 75 minutes and the end credits at 81. The battle sequences can be thrilling and feel reverent to a fault, but what emotional engagement is this movie supposed to offer to someone who doesn't fill their weekends watching streams of WWII documentaries? What characters am I to connect with? It's not bad by any means but it also feels like it never even tries to be more than a visual manual for naval warfare. I kept thinking my own father would enjoy this movie. He happily watched the many, many hours of those Ted Turner-produced Civil War movies that paid fawning homage to the military tactics and realism (within reason, they were PG-13 after all) at the expense of character and story. The story is the battle, the characters are stuck as interchangeable faces, and the real star is the depth of historical fidelity. It almost feels like it should simply be the epic visual accompaniment to a series of talking heads for a WWII television documentary. Greyhound is an exciting experience, not much of an actual story, but it might be the most "dad movie" of 2020 if your father is anything like mind. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Not much story but enjoyable enough!
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2020
    This is the type of movie that's hard to resist. When I originally heard the team behind Greyhound, I was intrigued, but very cautious as well. Tom Hanks, being one of the most likable and talented actors in the history of Hollywood (at least in my opinion), 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. Well, Greyhound is absolutely his best effort yet, but I also believe the fast pace of the movie helped the script out immensely.  The premise of this film revolves around the fact that Captain Krause (Tom Hanks) is very inexperienced, but will stop at nothing to captain this ship to the best of his ability. On 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 like Mad Max: Fury Road in the ocean. Not quite as impressive, but still a highly engaging piece of war filmmaking.  Where I feel this film's biggest issues lie, is as I said, in the screenplay by Tom Hanks. While nothing in the script itself is bad, it's fairly hollow in terms of story. It's adapted from a novel that I have not looked into, so I can only assume this story is further fleshed out there, but the film version was very light on substance. Now, with that said, the quick dialogue that has characters constantly mumbling ship terminology to keep you engaged throughout each and every battle sequence is almost the perfect distraction. This film is about displaying a piece of war and nothing else. For that reason, I give the light and breezy script a pass.  I would almost compare this movie to that os Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. That was a very simple film in terms of storytelling, but the overall experience held you to the edge of your seat. From Hank's devoted performance as always to a bunch of solid supporting characters who come in and out of the film to offer him wisdom or help, any minor dull moment is covered up. When I say this is a very hard movie to dislike, that's because any issues it has can easily be overlooked, due to the exciting nature of it all.  I could sit here and say that there is too much CGI and there are a couple of instances where the ocean itself stood out to me as feeling very fake, but many viewers will not notice things like that. 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 and there's not much to take away from in terms of anything thought-provoking, but I had a really good time watching it. If you're looking for a light, exciting watch, Greyhound is now streaming on Apple TV+ and I think it's worth your time.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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