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
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 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!!
Written July 06, 2015
A good adaption of part 2 of Atlas Shrugged, greatly improved over part 1.
Although the first half was too talky, the second half of Part 2 had excellent action and excitement. Fans of Atlas should be happy, and others should find it enjoyable. Part 2 is not without flaws -- too much talking heads in the first half, and missed opportunities to show the depradations of government upon ordinary people. Nevertheless a good film.
Written October 10, 2015
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.