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
The second time that Matt Damon plays a World War II soldier, after Saving Private Ryan (1998). Interestingly, both movies are about a group of soldiers risking their lives in a war-torn Europe looking for something specific (a person in Saving Private Ryan, an art piece in Monuments Men). See more »
The map of Germany and the Low Countries that Stokes and his men look at shows a map with modern day coastlines, including the Dutch province of Flevoland. However, the 1,000 square kilometer insular province only came into being when it was reclaimed from the sea in 1968, well after the Second World War. Also, the "Afsluitdijk" (a 32km long dam sealing off the Zuiderzee) is not shown on the map, despite having been completed in 1933. See more »
In this day and age where so much emphasis is put on sex, special effects, and foul language, it was refreshing to watch a movie without any of those criteria. Although it lacked historic accuracy, it was still in my opinion a well done production. I thought the actors did an excellent job portraying the characters who the movie was based on. I also liked the fact that there was a certain amount of humor laced into a few scenes to keep it from being more of a documentary type film. On top of the humor, there was also an element of surprise, both when you were not expecting it, as well as when you were, but getting a different type of outcome. Overall, I'd say that even though Hollywood took liberties with the facts, they still made an enjoyable movie, and one they can be proud of.
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