Museums all over the world have huge insurance when it comes to priceless art work. But it was not the case during the Second World War. When the Allied forces are successful in defeating the Axis(Germany and Italy) in the European campaign after D-Day, there were concerns that the irreplaceable works of art are in danger from being wiped out the face of the earth.
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This was the impossible mission of The Monuments Men. Adapted from a non-fiction novel by Robert Edsel, it chronicles how this elite unit of scholastic men ventured across enemy-occupied territories to rescue precious works by the known masters.
What makes this team unique was they are really scholars of their field and some are already old. Just like another movie, Saving Private Ryan, which also starred Matt Damon; it tackles the issue if it's worth sacrificing a squad to rescue material objects. Even though the story already happened, it will be the judgement of the movie audience if this was logical or not.
What I really like about the movie was the return of Bill Murray in movies. There are also pints of humor in the movie. The movie's target audience are the history buffs. Even though I was not born in this era, I am drawn by this timeline.
There were rumors that Nazis hoarded most of the major works of art as well as the religious artifacts and brought it out of Germany through a U-Boat(submarine) at the last days of the War in Europe. Rumor has it, it was either sunk near the U.S. coast or successfully reached their rumored bunker in Antartica.
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and more. The Monuments Men is showing in Philippine cinemas starting February 12 and is released by Twentieth Century Fox and distributed by Warner Bros.