War movies aren’t just about patriotism or big, explosive bangs. They are the quintessential hero’s journey kind of story that also focus on the characters’ personal paths and quest to rise to the occasion. Many times, this involves character development in the form of battling personal conflicts that need to be overcome to be worthy of fighting on behalf of one’s nation. Moreover, they prove to be excellent detours down the lane of history. Important events are stressed and their significance is highlighted and portrayed in a manner that is hard to conceive for the general public several decades afterwards. ‘Greyhound’ is one such movie that fits into the above mould.
The movie is an adaptation of C.S. Forester’s novel, ‘The Good Shepherd.’ The English novelist was a celebrated author in the early 20th century whose name on a book’s front cover was enough to ensure its success. He is known for writing stories about naval warfare and ‘The Good Shepherd’ is no different. Moreover, we can expect a riveting depiction of the tension of the war-laden period as Forester lived through that. No amount of research can match the experience of an actual person living through certain circumstances.
The story is set during the Second World War. Despite the war having occurred more than half a century ago, its popularity in movies and works of fiction hasn’t died down. Perhaps, that is because it was the last large-scale conflict involving the Western world or because the Nazis prove to be the perfect skeletons for antagonists. Regardless of that, any movie about the Second World War surely garners some interest. Plus, the fact that it is based on a novel by a popular author only serves to add to its promise. The sections below highlight the movie’s plot, its cast and crew and its release date.
Greyhound Plot: What is it About?
‘Greyhound’ is set in the initial phases of American involvement in the Second World War. In such testing circumstances, a convoy of 37 ships belonging to the Allied forces is trying to cross the North Atlantic and being pursued by German U-boats. Facing such harsh and stressful odds, Commander Ernest Krause of the United States Navy has to turn up to the occasion to save the day. Eventually allowed to command a destroyer ship by the name of USS Greyhound, Krause finds himself battling his personal doubts, conflicts and demons from the past in order to be deemed fit to fight the enemy.
Greyhound Cast: Who is in it?
The film stars Tom Hanks in the lead role. The American actor plays the role of Commander Ernest Krause of the United States Navy. He is a prolific actor and is known for the large number of dramatic and comedy roles that he has played in notable movies. He has appeared in movies like ‘Catch me if you Can,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ and the Robert Langdon series. Moreover, he has also directed, written and produced several movies and television series like ‘Band of Brothers.’ In 2016, the actor received a presidential medal of honour from Barack Obama.
The Mexican actor, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo will be sharing screen space with Hanks. He made his American movie debut with the role of Uncle Pedro on ‘Bless me, Ultima’ followed by playing Vasquez in ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ He has also appeared on the television series, ‘From Dusk till Dawn: The Series’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’
The English actor, Stephen Graham is also a member of the movie’s cast. Most recently, he was seen in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ where he depicted the character of Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. Moreover, he has also starred in several TV shows such as ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Line of Duty’ apart from essaying Scrum in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.
The American actress, Elisabeth Sue is also part of the cast. She is known for starring in movies such as ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Back to the Future Part II’ and ‘Back to the Future Part III.’
Other cast members include Rob Morgan, Karl Glusman and Tom Brittney.
Greyhound Crew: Who is Behind it?
The movie is directed by Aaron Schneider. He is best known for ‘Get Low,’ his debut feature film that opened to widespread critical acclaim. Plus, he has also won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Blake Neely has composed the movie’s music while Shelly Johnson has handled the cinematography. Several studios including Columbia Pictures is producing the movie, while Sony Pictures is distributing it.
Greyhound Release Date: When Does it Premiere?
‘Greyhound’ is scheduled to release in the United States on May 8, 2020. The movie began filming in March, 2018. Any Tom Hanks fan or those who love a good war movie should definitely mark the date. If executed relatively well, the movie has the potential to become a critical and commercial success.
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