By Catholic News Service
Taut World War II drama follows the captain of a U.S. destroyer (Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay) as, over a period of five days, the convoy of troop transports and supply ships his vessel is helping to protect passes across the area of the North Atlantic beyond the reach of Allied air support. The skipper’s Christian faith is prominent in Hanks’ script, adapted from C.S. Forrester’s 1955 novel “The Good Shepherd.” So, too, are his humane values and ability to endure in the face of overwhelming challenges.
Shelly Johnson’s atmospheric cinematography contributes to the success of director Aaron Schneider’s engrossing film which, rooted as it is in real events, provides viewers with an educational retrospective as well as a rousing adventure.
Probably acceptable for older teens. Much stylized combat violence with minimal gore, a couple of mild oaths, one rough term. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.