A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Subtle messages about devastation caused by war. Unassuming but courageous, resourceful individual can be a quiet hero when called upon. Spotlights without comment the fact that in wartime, it's the very young who are called upon to fight. Values promoted include courage, teamwork, integrity, compassion, loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Captain Kraus is brave, dependable, intuitive, compassionate, honorable. Despite private misgivings, he perseveres. A respected and respectful leader, he demands excellence, is appreciative when he gets it.
Violence & Scariness
Taut, suspenseful wartime action on the ocean. A convoy of Allied ships faces off against a "wolf pack" of Nazi submarines in extended battle: torpedo fire, machine gun fire, depth charges, cannons, artillery. Ships and submarines are hit, catch fire, explode. One bloody, wounded sailor is briefly on camera; very few close-ups of the injured and dead. A sad scene takes place as three crew members are buried at sea.
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One "damn," one "hell," one "f--k," for which the sailor apologizes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Greyhound is a World War II drama starring Tom Hanks. It tells the story of a days-long battle between Nazi submarines and a convoy of Allied ships carrying essential arms and supplies across the Atlantic Ocean to England. The action is fierce and frequent, and suspense is high. Torpedoes, machine gun fire, and artillery hit their marks. Ships and U-boats catch fire and explode. The filmmakers have opted to register the loss of life on the faces of the mostly very young men who watch in fear and horror from a distance, rather than via those being injured and killed. One wounded sailor is shown, and three flag-draped bodies are buried at sea. Language includes one use each of "hell," "damn," and "f--k" (after which the speaker immediately apologizes). The film makes a strong statement about the tragedy of war, as well as about integrity, teamwork, compassion, and grace under fire. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Suspense accelerates, the stakes get higher, and the explosions gets closer in this visually artful, wonderfully performed look into the hearts and souls of WWII's fighting Navy service members. Greyhound can be added to the expanding catalog of Tom Hanks' "everyman" movies in which someone who at first seems ordinary and unassuming is called upon to be indomitable and rises to the challenge. As in Captain Phillips, Sully, Charlie Wilson's War, Bridge of Spies, and more, Hanks brings quiet truth and emotion to his characters. Director Aaron Schneider and his team deliver a timeless story about the strain and poignance of war. There's no pause for backstories; characters develop in the moment. There's no place for artificial conflict among team members; everyone works together. Other than the cryptic scenes in which Krause's significant other is introduced and quickly dispensed with and the arch radio transmissions from a Nazi tormenter, the movie rings true.
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