Greyhound (2020)

“[on radio] Greyhound, good luck surviving the night.” – Gray Wolf

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – During the early days of World War II, a Naval captain must lead a convoy across the Atlantic Ocean including hostile territory that is infested with German submarines.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since I heard about it last year.

I have always been a fan of war movies like this one and was looking forward to once again seeing Tom Hanks in this kind of role.

I was captivated by the way that this movie was presented right from the start and stayed that way all the way until the credit began to roll.

The story is given to us in a very tight manner and they find ways to keep the story tense and full of suspense throughout the entire 90 minutes.

The story flows really smoothy and doesn’t drag at all while telling this powerful story.

The way that the boats rock and the waves crash along the sides of the ships is mesmerizing and helps take the viewer to a place and time filled with so much tension due to the unknown of it all.

Hanks is superbly cast in the lead role and is the most recognizable character in the story.

He is able to show us the stern look of an intelligent captain who knows that every decision needs to be make within a split second in order to keep his crew and the entire convoy as safe as possible.

The film’s special effects enhance the story so much because it helps make things look so much more realistic in all that transpires.

The story is told in a powerful way and it remains so enjoyable to watch things happen here.

This film is slightly hurt by the fact that it wasn’t released in the theaters because as powerful and poignant as it is, it would be even better playing out on the big screen in a more bombastic and more epic way.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that is presented in such a tight way that it stays tense and suspenseful form start to finish.  The run time of just 90 minutes serves this film really well because it flows really smoothly and doesn’t drag at all throughout. Hanks is great in the lead role and despite being the only real recognizable character, shines here because we get to see the stern look on his face throughout this very tense time where he must do all he can at a moments notice to try and protect his ship as well as the rest of the convoy. The special effects are presented really well and help make things so realistic.  This was a great story told in a powerful way and is slightly hurt by the fact that it cannot be seen on the big screen where this kind of story would work superbly.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the Captain refers to “Huff-Duff,” he is referring to high-frequency direction-finding. This was a key method of how Allied naval forces detected and tracked German U-Boats: the Kriegsmarine’s U-boat fleet maintained a high amount of radio traffic with its shore command and with each other for their Wolfpack tactics against Allied shipping. Huff-Duff allowed Allied naval ships to detect those radio transmissions and determine the location of those transmitting ships to attack them. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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2 thoughts on “Greyhound (2020)

  1. You failed to mention that the book on which the film is based was given to Hanks years ago by the late Nora Ephron (who knew of Tom’s fascination with all things WW II) and that Hanks wrote the screenplay for GREYHOUND.


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