Plot In a Nutshell: World War 2, 1942, United States Navy Commander Ernest Krause is in charge of the Destroyer USS Keeling(call sign Greyhound) , its mission – to protect 37 supply ships making their way across the Atlantic from the deadly ‘wolfpack’ of German U Boats who are out to destroy them all before they reach Liverpool.
What worked? Well in short – just about everything – Hanks gives a superb performance as Krause, lending the character a quiet gravitas and steely eyed strength that only an actor of his experience and skill could pull off so well.
Then there is the incredible action scenes where Hanks and the crew of The USS Keeling repeatedly do fierce battle with the German U boats in some seriously tense and very exciting sequences that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.
What could have been better?: At 91 minutes long i have to say that the film is a tad on the lean side and could have done with being another 15 minutes longer. In fact its this extra time that could have been used on some better character development – principally on Krause, who we know virtually nothing about other than the fact that he is obviously a man of faith and he has a girlfriend who he badly wants to marry (Elizabeth Shue in a fleeting cameo).
Review Summary: Despite the need for more character development and a longer run time , i have to say that Greyhound is an absolutely fantastic film that is seriously action packed, unbearably tense, very well directed, features yet another wonderful performance from the ever-reliable Tom Hanks and on the whole is one of the best films of its genre that i have seen in a very long time.