Written September 04, 2015
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 15, 2012
I loved the film; the acting portrayed exactly the essence of the plot, as written by Ayn Rand.
This is one of the most timely and critical films of our time, to be outdone only by a prompt follow-up with part 3... as in 'WE NEED IT NOW!' Our country IS in an immediate and impending prelude to the situation portrayed in Atlas Shrugged. Anyone who believes otherwise is either on the side of a crushing government, is fooling themselves, knows little to nothing about our country's dilemma or is unable to comprehend reality. Target audience: adults with an open mind, clear intellect and love of self, family and country.
Written October 13, 2012
The movie was about a bunch of rich people playing games with goverment, and each other at the expense of the little guy
(Who is John Gault)?
Written April 19, 2015
Fast paced. Great flying scenes. Covered the bases in part 2 of the book; however, it did seem to run from one action point to another. Not enough character building for my taste. Not enough of history with Fransico and no sight of Ragnar, the pirate. I preferred the first Dagny but until they merge all three together for a big DVD it does not really matter. While it is not perfect, I still say go see it.
Written October 13, 2012
This movie about Rand's vision of self-sufficiency is like her prose, heavy-handed. The movie does capture this well, if nothing else. I have read her books, including "The Virtue of Selfishness." I totally agree with being self-reliant, but the way she ignores the humanizing aspect of helping those truly in need (not entitlement!), also speaks to the dark side of her philosophy. This film, with its black and white presentation of good and evil is too simplistic. This is a topic worth more effort.