The trailer for George Clooney's newest project, Monuments Men, has just been released. It is a World War II movie that lies outside of the stereotypical realm of the genre. Clooney takes a completely different angle by basing the film on a true yet lesser-known aspect of the war. The official Monuments Men synopsis states:
"Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements."
The plot seems fascinating and the incredible cast composed of Clooney himself alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray, looks very promising. Monuments Men hits theaters in time for the holidays on December 18th.
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