(2014) (George Clooney, Matt Damon) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An American art historian assembles a team of fellow art experts to track down and retrieve priceless pieces of art stolen by the Nazis in WWII.
- It's the 1940s and art historian Frank Stokes (GEORGE CLOONEY) has informed President Roosevelt that the Nazis are in the process of stealing priceless pieces of art from throughout Europe. After being given presidential permission, he sets out to assemble a team of fellow art experts to track down and retrieve all of those stolen paintings, statues and such.
Among those he selects are museum curator James Granger (MATT DAMON); architect Richard Campbell (BILL MURRAY); theater director Preston Savitz (BOB BALABAN); sculptor Walter Garfield (JOHN GOODMAN); art dealer Jean Claude Clermont (JEAN DUJARDIN); and recovering alcoholic Donald Jeffries (HUGH BONNEVILLE). Once they arrive in Europe, they spread across the land looking for leads.
For James, that means heading to Paris where he ends up meeting art museum employee Claire Simone (CATE BLANCHETT) who's been keeping dibs on SS Officer Viktor Stahl (JUSTUS VON DOHNANYI) and his interests in the art there. Richard and Preston end up teamed together, as do Jean Claude and Walter, while Frank is joined by German expatriate Sam Epstein (DIMITRI LEONIDAS).
As they set off on their quest, they must not only contend with the Russians who are reportedly taking the stolen artwork as reparations for their war losses, but also word that Hitler has ordered all such artwork destroyed should Germany fall in the war.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of anyone in the cast or the subject matter and setting, it doesn't seem likely that many but the oldest of teenagers will show much interest in this.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some images of war violence and historical smoking.
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