The film, which was pushed from its original Oscar-primed release slot last year, has one of Clooney’s greatest ensemble casts yet, and promises to be a lot of fun amongst the dramatic nature of the true story.
With just days to go before heads into theatres, Sony will be giving their ad campaign a big push by launching a promo in tonight’s Super Bowl, releasing the Big Game Spot a little early online.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses 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.
Clooney is on both sides of the camera once more, starring alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban.
Producing partner and frequent collaborator Grant Heslov co-wrote the script with Clooney, adapting the original book by Robert M. Edsel, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
The Monuments Men will be released in the US this Friday, February 7th, before crossing the Atlantic for its 14th February UK release date.