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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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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You do not go here for special effects

By Zoransa
Written October 13, 2012
Part 2 is somewhat better then part 1. Most of us who read the book will say 'book is better' but at least big idea was transferred to movie format.
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Atlas Shrugged Almost Prophetic!

By GeoGnop
Written October 13, 2012
Ayn Rand, author of the book by the same title written 55 years ago, paints a picture of what could happen in America if extreme Leftist ideology gains control of government. Atlas Shrugged II could be a current news documentary. The economy/energy picture it portrays is in the very least very believable. It takes your breath away as you live out the results of current government policy if left to evolve unchecked. The difficulty of the challenge to resist and redirect the rise of statism in America, is clearly shown. A must see for every thinking American concerned about the direction of our nation.
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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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