Written October 13, 2012
As a fan of the book, I loved this movie. The acting was great, the characters had great depth, and the dialog confronted powerful human issues. It hit the high points of Part II of the novel well. I have some great images to go with the story, which is a joy and a treat for me.
And, If you don't know the story, it would be tough to connect to everything that is happening. It reminded me of Dune in this way - Great if you know the story - and only OK if you don't.
The scene with Sean Hannity, Juan Williams, and Bob Beckel was great. If you are into politics, you will find it provocative and unapologetic. As a cultural critique and conversation piece, it is a must.
Written October 13, 2012
Action. Realism. Idealism. Intelligence. Not your typical Hollywood movie. This adaptation of Part II of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand has so much. The completely different cast than Part I does a very good job of bringing to life the vivid and prescient 1957 book.
If you want a movie that takes real issues of today such as the morality of HOW you make a living, the politics of economic decline, the virtues of thinking and acting on your own terms, this film is for you!
The critics will pan this movie, but pay attention to the reaction of the audience - they love it.
See it, expereience it. Discuss it with your family. Urge your neighbor to see it. This movie is not to be missed... especially during this pre-election time when so much of our country's future rides on an understanding of how we need to proceed.
And if you have not already read the book,and the movie speaks to you, don't put off the urge to read it. You will be richly rewarded
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 07, 2015
At first I was upset with all new actors. However, after getting to know the new actors, some of them did a better job playing their characters than the previous movie. I really miss Dagny though. I really enjoyed the story and can only say if you are a Ayn Rand fan, then you NEED to see this. I am going to see part 2 again this weekend and cannot wait for the third installment.
WHO IS JOHN GALT?
Written May 01, 2016
Loved seeing Part II and can't wait for Part III. I'm not sure why it was necessary to change all of the actors from Part I, but will definitely see Part III when available. We are not a bottomless moneypit for our dear leaders. If you didn't see Part I it will still bring you up to speed.