Starring and written by Tom Hanks, Greyhound is a VOD war drama. For those looking to binge movies of this genre, check out these recommendations.
Amidst all the films forgoing the theater reason in favor of VOD, Greyhound is one of the larger-scale projects. The film stars Tom Hanks, who also wrote the script for this World War II drama. Hanks plays the commanding officer of a military convoy of ships crossing the Atlantic without air support.
Though it is a fairly contained film, it serves as a tense and exciting war story with non-stop threats and effective naval battle sequences. It is a worthy inclusion in the genre of war movies and there are plenty of exciting films from that genre worth checking out if you were a fan of Greyhound.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
When seeing Tom Hanks as a commanding officer in World War II, it’s hard not to be reminded of Saving Private Ryan. The Steven Spielberg film followed a group of soldiers who go on a dangerous mission to find one soldier who is being sent home.
Once again, Hanks proves to be a completely believable leader and military man who also brings a level of everyman to the role. The battle sequences are brutal and intense, making Saving Private Ryan one of the most harrowing war movies ever made.
While war is dangerous for all soldiers involved, there is something extra terrifying about being at war on the high seas, especially inside a submarine. U-571 is a WWII thriller about a group of American soldiers attempting to steal an encryption machine from a damaged German sub. When their own ship is attacked, they must survive onboard the damaged enemy boat.
While it plays loose with history, the movie effectively captures the claustrophobic feel of being trapped inside a sub underwater with the enemy above.
Crimson Tide (1995)
It is not just WWII films that share the same intense depiction of naval warfare. Crimson Tide is a modern take on that kind of story, which also deals with the idea of leadership in highly tense situations.
Denzel Washington plays the second-in-command onboard a nuclear sub while the world is on the verge of nuclear war. Cut off from the outside world, Washington begins to question the commands of the captain, played by Gene Hackman.
Most of the action in Greyhound is seen within the battleship Hanks’ officer commands. While the world is at war, it is fascinating to see a war movie that has such a specific focus.
Fury is another WWII film that tells a small-scale story of a tank team in the dying days of the war. Brad Pitt plays the commanding officer, a man very different from Hanks’ character yet one with a similar sense of battle. It makes for a unique look at war in a way audiences have rarely seen.
A big aspect of Greyhound, and one of the most interesting aspects of the film, is its look at Hanks’ character as a leader of men. This is his first big assignment in the military and he is put in charge of an entire convoy of ships.
This focus of the film is reminiscent of the classic war film Patton. George C. Scott plays the titular real-life American general in this glimpse at his campaign in WWII. The film is a fun exploration of his brilliant commanding style and his many flaws.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Since Greyhound deals with the early days of America’s involvement in WWII, a great film to watch along with it would be Tora! Tora! Tora!, which deals with the attack on Pearl Harbor that prompted America’s involvement.
The film is a spectacular epic, depicting both the American and Japanese side of the story. It makes for a thrilling look into military tactics and one of the most significant military moments in history.
Das Boot (1981)
Another film that expertly depicts the many threats and feelings of paranoia involved in naval warfare is the stunning German film Das Boot. The film centers around the crew of a German U-boat, who are battling the stress and anxiety of their position while beginning to question their fight in this war.
Das Boot is a harrowing film that gives rare insight into the other side of the battle. Like Greyhound, it is a film that focuses on the senselessness of war even as the soldiers fight with all their strength.
For a movie that is basically set in one location, Greyhound makes it a pulse-pounding adventure. It is also a unique war film in that much emphasis is put on the importance of survival rather than fighting.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk delivers a similar message. The film depicts the rescue mission of British troops from the beaches of France. There are few heroic battle sequences, with the film focusing on people trying desperately to survive so they can live to fight another day.
There is a non-stop excitement to Greyhound that few movies can pull off. As viewers follow Hanks’ commander during the several days at sea, he bounces from one threat to another. As one catastrophe is averted, another arises just as fast. It makes for an edge-of-your-seat experience.
Sam Mendes’ 1917 pulled off a similar feat. The World War I film follows two soldiers carrying a message across a battlefield. The one-shot look of the film adds to the suspense and will leave audiences holding their breath until the credits roll.
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Naval battles are not often depicted in Hollywood movies. Greyhound manages to make them realistic and exciting throughout the entire film. Another film that achieves this, albeit from a much earlier era, is Master and Commander.
Russell Crowe plays the commander of a British ship during the Napoleonic War as he and his crew do battle with the French on the high seas. Crowe makes for a stirring lead and the battle sequences are spectacular.