Greyhound [2020] ★★½

It’s not as memorable as Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” or as emotional as Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”, but “Greyhound” gets the job done by delivering some pulse-pounding action scenes that needed to be experienced on the biggest screen possible (Apple TV + will have to do for now). It also helps to have Tom Hanks in the lead, playing captain Ernest Krause during the early days of WWII. His mission? Command a U.S. destroyer across the North Atlantic  in order to deliver soldiers and supplies to Allied forces while being pursued by Nazi U-boats. The film, well-directed by Aaron Schneider with a keen eye for detail, doesn’t waste much time with character development. Instead, it cuts right to the chase. And for 90 minutes, we’re right there with Hanks and his crew, as they battle enemy ships. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then “Greyhound” will more than satisfy you. As someone who likes his WWII movies with a dose of emotions, I wish the film had more heart and soul. No matter. It’s the well-staged action sequences that matter most here, and “Greyhound” does a fine job at that. Just know straight away that it won’t leave you with a sense that you’ve just witnessed something unforgettable.

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