In the midst of World War II, a group of men decide that not only to the people of Europe needed saved but so does their culture. Frank Stokes puts together a group of men tasked with saving the great pieces of artwork and architecture that are being destroyed by the war that is raging. They begin by trying to divert the fighting from historical structures but no one in the military is willing to change their plans just to save some art. The groups plans change when they become aware of a great cache of art that the Nazis have stolen. They are now trying to recover and return it.
Unlike many war movies, there is little gun fire or explosions. The times that they do happen are at powerful moments in the film. These men start off as scholars that wonder if they deserve to wear the uniforms they are given but the pains of war take their toll upon them just as much as any soldier. These men bond in their efforts to save each other as much as the artwork they seek.
It surprises me that people panned this movie as much as they did. Perhaps the expectations were not correct. If you go into this expecting a typical war movie with guns and violence then it will disappoint. However, if you go into this looking for a story about brotherhood and redemption then you will be rewarded.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found over at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!