Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama 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.Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
While the German army is in full retreat and destroying bridges to prevent the Allies from chasing them, the Monuments Man arrive in a German place called Remagen where the US army has been tasked to prevent the destruction of said bridges. The battle over the bridge at Remagen was the subject of another World War II movie, The Bridge at Remagen (1969). See more »
When the Monuments Men are preparing to deploy forward to find the looted art, Stokes talks to the other unit personnel using a radio transmitter. The equipment used is a GRC-9 and must have an external generator power source to transmit; either a vehicle-mounted dynamotor or a hand-cranked generator. Neither is connected to the unit and none can be seen in the immediate vicinity of either radio. In addition, no antenna is connected to the ANT posts at the top-left of the transmitter section. Also, of note, whilst it is possible to operate the GRC-9 with the transmitter section removed from the case, this is highly inadvisable due to the very high voltage (>500V) produced at the tip of the power amplifier tube. See more »
I was not expecting combat action, or a whodunit type thriller, but I was totally disappointed with the slow pace and the total lack of suspense.
The dialog was not witty or even interesting. The actors are first class, but are wasted. Other reviewers have said that Kate Blanchett steals the show, but there is nothing to steal, and she hardly is in the movie, and when she does appear, we are left with a 'is that all?' feeling. Other characters play their parts as though they were visitors in the set.
There were two or three instances where I was tricked into thinking that something exciting was going to happen, but the subject ended abruptly and the boring and easily anticipated theme was back.
I wanted to like the movie so badly that I was successful in staying awake for about 45 minutes, but then was in and out until the last 20 minutes, where the pace picked up from snail to turtle pace.
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