George Clooney has put together an insane case for his next job as a director. Joining him in the film are Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville.
The film, which is based on a true story, tells the tale of a WWII platoon made up of museum directors and art historians how have been tasked with tracking down artistic treasures that have been plundered by the Nazis.
The trailer isn’t exactly making me jump for joy, but the concept of the film has me interested enough that I’m willing to hold off judgement until we see more of it. The Monuments Men opens on December 18th.
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.