Written August 01, 2014
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 16, 2012
I LOVED the opening scene of Dagny flying into Galt's Gulch! I thought both the scenery and the direction were excellent throughout the movie.
The casting was exceptional, especially Esai Morales as Francisco. I found all of the characters, both the heroes and the villains, very believable. Hats off to the casting director!
What was most impressive was the conviction with which the heroes delivered Ayn Rand's words. It was great to hear them come alive on the screen. Rearden's "court" scene was cause for a standing ovation in the theater as well as on the screen!
In today's culture where individual rights ARE being trampled incessantly by the professional "bullies" in Washington, where force is advocated as the solution to every social issue, it is uplifting to hear Ayn Rand's words spoken by her own characters on the big screen for everyone to hear. There is no better defender of one's right to one's own life and all that THAT concept entails.
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.
Written October 14, 2012
I think dividing Atlas Shrugged into 3 movies was a mistake. 2 long movies with the same cast would have been better. I liked Part 1 and was looking forward to the next installment. But the plot for Part 2 is just too thin. It just shows how the US is continuing to degenerate, but we already know that from Part 1. In Part 2 the protagonists mainly spend their time verbally abusing people they dislike but not doing much else. At least in Part 1 our 2 main protagonists where creating the John Galt Line and overcoming ninnies trying to stop them. Basically, we need to get to the climax of the story more quickly. In PArt 2 Dagny gets to John Galt's haven in the mountains, and the movie ends without telling us anything about Galt's alternative community. That's fine if I can see the next installment on TV in a week, but not if I need to wait a year or 2 for PArt 3.
I will see Part 3 if it is made. But Part 2 is so weak I fear that might not happen.
Written October 13, 2012
What a message this movie sends to us during these terrible times. Ayn Rand's classic was a terrifying prediction of times to come, and what happens when people lose there sense of personal responsiblity, feeling entitled to being taken care of from cradle to grave. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely!!"
If you missed Atlas Shrugged I, rent or buy it and then GO SEE THIS AMAZING FILM!
WAKE UP AMERICA... BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!