Written June 26, 2016
Atlas Shrugged Part II removed a lot of the problems of Part I. They've smoothed out the somewhat choppy editing of Part I. The story comes through sharp and clear, now. Critics claimed in Part I that everything happened at one cocktail part after another. That was never true, but there's almost none of that now. What appears in Part II is a strong story that supports the producers and not the consumers, the innovators not the parasites. The essence of the novel shines through.
I think they got it right this time, and Part III should be very strong as long as they don't try to show Galt's 100-page speech.
I didn't have any problem with a different actress playing Dagny. Samantha Mathis does very well, and Esai Morales is very compelling as Francisco D'Anconia.
This is definitely worth seeing.
Written October 22, 2012
I loved the book but dividing the movie up into three or more parts separated by months to years is a total disaster! I know it's a long book but why three (or maybe more) parts? This movie deserves the same treatment as Gone With The Wind and other lengthy films. They should have made it one 3 to 4 hour movie with an intermission and you'd have a classic.
I did enjoy Part 1 as it followed the book closely and I thought Part 2 would finish the book with the same cast. Why would you change all the actors for Part 2? Big mistake! They were not as good, and the plot line was sophomoric at best. Maybe the original cast wouldn't do Part 2 when they realized what a bomb the producer was creating.
Don't waste your time with this loser. Read the book instead.
Written April 19, 2015
An outstanding movie. Stayed pretty true to the book. Preferred the Dagney in the first movie, but this one acquitted herself well. Interesting to know how many of the actors/actresss understand and believe what their characters are espousing. Acting was good; cinematography was very good. I'm still amazed at how prescient Ayn Rand was, writing this story in 1957 that's completely applicable to today. I strongly recommend everyone see this movie - especially so prior to November 6!
Written April 29, 2016
I loved the part I and part II was just as unbelievable...this story is so ahead of its time. The cast changes were for the best (particularly with Hank and Dagney) and I was absolutely riveted from beginning to end. 7/4/2014 seems like so long to have to wait for part III!!!
Written October 13, 2012
I missed the actors from the previous movie, but they did well. Engaging from beginning to end. Amazing the parallels to the current state of the country! Can't wait for Part 3!