Atlas Shrugged II

By donna229
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.
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Part 2 not as good as Part 1

By georgebogdan
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.
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Atlas Shrugs

By filmfanny
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.
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Great Movie!!

By LV-Movies
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!!
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My first thumbnail review of Atlas Shrugged Pt 2

By fuguewriter
Written October 13, 2012
It wasn’t as pure as Pt 1 – the desperate circumstances of 1's production gave a clearer flow. This is more hectic and colored. The thriller aspect and econ-political passion of the book still shines through. A number of unfortunate continuity errors – some quite severe. The Richard Halley sequence was bad. Dagny seems overly tired even with a world collapsing, but Rearden’s character was more or less successfully updated for 2012. His clotted marriage makes more sense given our times. Some very interesting adaptative decisions (e.g., giving TT a central nerve center and Dave Mitchum working there). Eddie Willers is stronger, seems a better match for Dagny. Francisco stands out – he has the burning passion (almost mystical) of someone who's seen another world. Not much like the Francisco of the book – the Zorro-inspired D’Anconia has become more an avenging/liberating angel, but through him we hear some of the purer moments of Rand’s voice come through.
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