Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cinema Cycle - The Monuments Men


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/28/2016

TITLE: The Monuments Men

FORMAT: Blu-Ray

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 58 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.7 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4501.1 miles

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SYNOPSIS: A group of scholars infiltrate Nazi Germany to recovered pilfered art before the Nazis destroy it and the Soviets confiscate it.

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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:  The buddy film, where a group of guys go off against insurmountable odds to ‘do the right thing’ for humanity.  

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PROS AND CONS:  Not a great film.  If you had never seen George Clooney or Matt Damon before, you would think this is a pretty slick film.  But we have seen them in countless others films with essentially the same plot.

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If you have seen ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ (and 12 and 13), then you have seen this film before, only in this one they wear uniforms.  About half way through the film I got the impression that the cast were under contract to Sony Pictures and had to make this film.  So, they appear to be going through the motions.  

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There are a lot of meaningless scenes in this film that are either irrelevant or put across a plot point in a very roundabout or odd way.  Some scenes and storylines lead nowhere, which had me scratching my head.  For all the money they spent on this film, they could have done so much better.



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.