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Watch: First Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Goes On A Mission

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 8, 2013 9:42 AM
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So, what is "Monuments Men"? A WWII version of "Ocean's Eleven"? A lighter take on "The Good German" era? Well, whatever the film turns out to be, it's a consciously lighter turn from writer/actor/director George Clooney"[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were looking to do a film that was less cynical than a lot of the films we do," Clooney told USA Today, and with the first trailer for this upcoming movie arriving today, it'll prove that point.

The film rounds up an outstanding group of players—Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman—to tell the vey true story of WWII platoon tasked with rescuing plundered art from the Nazis. "It's been a long time (since) you could find a new story about World War II," Clooney said, perhaps revealing he has yet to watch John Frankheimer's breathless thriller "The Train," which covers similar territory and is also based on a true story. That being said, that movie is nearly 50 years old and we're more than happy to see this gang take it on. Here's the synopsis: 

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.

"Monuments Men" opens on December 18th. Trailer and new pics from the film below.



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21 Comments

  • hank | August 9, 2013 4:21 AMReply

    holy shit.... Bill Murray.

  • The sides | August 8, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    Looks beautifully shot. So Damon is the lead, then?

  • brandon | August 8, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    I love the song in the trailer... Shawn Lee's "Kiss The Sky" ! Listen here: http://bit.ly/UadcCV

  • Mike | August 8, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    You get the elusive Bill Murray to do your movie and then you spend the whole trailer ignoring him? Doesn't make much sense to me.

  • BEF | August 8, 2013 1:06 PMReply

    This is down everywhere, WTF?

  • Missy | August 8, 2013 12:34 PMReply

    Looks like fun. Matt Damon looks like he will have a great year.

  • Roark | August 8, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    Looks exactly like a George Clooney movie - classy, tasteful, politically correct and boring as hell.

  • Alan B | August 8, 2013 10:48 PM

    But it's got a sexy cast - Goodman, Murray, Bonneville, Balaban HOT HOT HOT!

  • M. | August 8, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Look's exactly as I had envisioned it, expect alot of recognition from the Academy but alas, no triumphs. I'm sticking with 'American Hustle' and 'Twelve Years a Slave' for Best Picture.

  • Josh | August 8, 2013 10:34 AMReply

    I'm in the middle of the book right now. I thought the trailer was good, might not reach the levels of "the train" but the story is very relevant what with the whole sacking of the baghdad museum controversy.

  • LeonRaymond | August 8, 2013 10:28 AMReply

    Loved it, Loved The Music -That's why Black folk and White taste are so different !

  • ALex | August 8, 2013 10:27 AMReply

    Looks very average. Inglourious Basterds already covered this kind of ragtag group of Americans in Nazi Germany engaging in witty banter in quite an innovative way that this trailer just seems tame and a bit boring. The banter doesn't seem that sharp. The tone seems to be a bit muddled Also the song doesn't really work with the trailer, and the CGI looking plank of wood used for the credits is a bit out of place. Back to the drawing board.

  • Chip Dickerson | February 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    Blatherskite! I love the song. If the movie anyway represents the tone of the song, I will be happy. I don't want this movie to be an epic World War 2 movie like the score they currently have with the trailer. I hope its funky and it doesn't take itself too seriously. But that's just me

  • Chip Dickerson | February 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    Blatherskite! I love the song. If the movie anyway represents the tone of the song, I will be happy. I don't want this movie to be an epic World War 2 movie like the score they currently have with the trailer. I hope its funky and it doesn't take itself too seriously. But that's just me

  • Chip Dickerson | February 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    Blatherskite! I love the song. If the movie anyway represents the tone of the song, I will be happy. I don't want this movie to be an epic World War 2 movie like the score they currently have with the trailer. I hope its funky and it doesn't take itself too seriously. But that's just me

  • Alan | August 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    Except of course that Inglorious Basterds was a typical Tarantino blood fest of nonsense when this is based on very real events about art recovery units that did exist

  • M. | August 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    @Alex - You my friend hit the nail on the head with that one.

  • Jules | August 8, 2013 10:18 AMReply

    Holy shit...that was underwhelming.

  • thedudeabides | August 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    I know, right?

  • Will | August 8, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    Kinda reminded me of the Hellfish episode of The Simpsons

  • A_A | August 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    That's the same thing I thought, the first time I read the synopsis a while back. It was confirmed with the trailer.

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