There’s seldom an actor with more range than Hanks, and there’s not many people you can say have voiced toy cowboys, been a WWII captain on D-Day, played a young, gay lawyer with AIDS and did whatever it is he did in Cloud Atlas, and stolen the show every time.
Greyhound is next, and he’s back fighting Nazis.
The passage of time slows for no man, and while Tom Hanks has gone from being America’s son, to its cool older brother and eventually its dad, his roles have stayed poignant and for the most part, excellent.
In Greyhound, Hanks is a commander who, along with many other allied ships, has to cross the Atlantic ocean without air-cover, all they while being followed and attacked by a pack of the deadly and notorious German military U-boats.
The official synopsis reads:
“In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.”
The film is set in 1942, so I’m not sure why they’re saying that a time almost bang in the middle of World War Two is “the early days,” but then I suppose it did take a Pearl Harbouring in very late 1941 for America to get involved.
The trailer looks pretty good, though it does that thing that all modern trailers do now and shows a little trailer for the trailer itself before the actual trailer begins.
Are people’s attention spans so mangled these days that they can’t watch a three-minute video without the promise of action at the beginning?
Seems that way.
Also, the was a cool moment at the end where Hanks’ ship manages to deflect an incoming torpedo which I imagine would have been cool to watch in the cinema, along with the rest of the film, but in a similar war to trailers being spoiled by smaller trailers, films are very much spoiled by actual trailers now.
In a weird twist, Greyhound is actually written by Tom Hanks himself, while it has been directed by Aaron Schneider who, prior to this, was more of a cinematographer.
Greyhound also stars Stephen Graham and Elisabeth Shue and will be in cinemas on the 12th of June.
Images via Sony Pictures
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