Sony has released the first trailer to writer/director/actor George Clooney’s upcoming World War II drama The Monuments Men. The film is based on a true story and centers around a make shift platoon of art historians and museum curators tasked with going behind enemy lines to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before they’re destroyed. A little Oceans 11 set in World War 2? That seems like that idea would be part of the pitch.
The trailer itself is kind of underwhelming, there is a lot of charisma in the cast but not much of that leaks out in the trailer. In saying that, I’m fairly confident this will be worth watching. Clooney has as good a track record as anyone and there is so much talent in this cast, seeing them as a band of fish-out-of-water characters has limitless potential.
The cast includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman.
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.