PG Score: 7.5/10
Greyhound on Apple TV+ was rock solid. It’s based on a novel and seems very realistic (I’m no Navy expert) but is not based on a true story. It follows a Navy captain on his first crossing of the North Atlantic during WWII as he’s stalked by a Nazi U-boat Wolfpack. Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay, does a great job as Captain Krause. He’s stern (pun intended) yet compassionate and devoutly religious. Hanks delivers this balance exceptionally. Stephen Graham does an admirable job as his second in command, Lieutenant Cole.
Without giving anything away, Krause’s feelings on all loss of life are quite clear early on. With a short and sweet 91-minute runtime, this puppy (pun intended) goes full steam ahead (okay, I’ll stop) virtually right out of the gate. It’s very tense and the constant military verbal exchanges and commands really make you feel like you’re aboard at the captain’s side. It’s ripe with suspense as the tensity is constantly cranked up as the Greyhound is stalked by the U-boats. When the sea battles do occur, they’re impressive. It’s a lot of cat and mouse until the big guns start firing and the ensuing chaos is visually impressive.
If you’re a fan of war movies (naval and otherwise), there’s nothing here that’s going to blow you away, but everything that is featured is well-done. I again have to stress the realism that is present. It maintains a nice ebb and flow of even-keeled military banter/order-giving and nautical battle royales. I would’ve liked to see a bit more destruction and carnage during the action sequences, but it’s a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things. Greyhound doesn’t necessarily excel in any particular category but it does almost everything well. It’s definitely worth a watch.
PG Score: 7.5/10
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