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Greyhound (Tom Hanks on a boat)


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It's a WWII battleship drama written by and starring Tom Hanks. It's based on The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester.

 

Shortly after the US enters the war, Hanks is a Commander on his first wartime assignment, in charge of an escort fleet protecting a merchant convoy. They're being stalked by U-Boats. And he is also battling his own self-doubts and personal demons.

 

Originally due to hit cinema on 21 June, it's just been nabbed by Apple for their TV+, because the virus has made a balls of cinema plans. No firm date yet, but apparently "soon".

 

 

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not seen yet but he was on the Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcast talking about this - he was clearly into the source material and took a careful approach to making it.

 

I wasn't that interested in it until I heard the interview.

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Solid stuff, I didn't know naval combat between U-Boats and cruisers was so tight and intimate.  Terrifying.

 

The statistic at the end, 3,500 ships and nearly 80,000 people killed in the Atlantic, was stark and grim to consider.

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I knew the Convoys had a hard time, but this gave a good impression of what it must have been like. 
It’s well worth 90 minutes of your time, and it’s clear that Tom Hanks continues to have a genuine passion to tell WWW2 stories. 
 

The mini series based on the USAF that he’s making will go to Apple TV+ instead of HBO like band of brothers. 

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It was a solid tight film with tension running throughout.

 

I've seen complaints from people about it having no characters or story arc, but that's surely the whole point. Very similar to Dunkirk. They could have padded it with 30 extra minutes of downtime between attacks and getting to know Hanks and his crew but that kinda defeats the purpose. I think Hanks (who wrote the screenplay) was trying to convey that in real life, there wasn't time for downtime, everyone was on full alert the whole time because attacks could come at any moment. That whats this film shows and why it just 90 minutes because it avoids all the unnecessary gumf on purpose.

 

Its a very solid 3/5, a decent 90mins watch.

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