First Trailer for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Clooney directs, co-writes and stars in this World War II picture based on a true story. The trailer is surprisingly cavalier; without the drama and power-house moments you would usually expect in a trailer for this type of movie. Still, Clooney’s next effort certainly seems to be ticking off the right boxes for a classy awards-contender.

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Monuments Men:

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.

Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray.

ETA: USA – 18 December, 2013.