Written April 19, 2015
Fast paced. Great flying scenes. Covered the bases in part 2 of the book; however, it did seem to run from one action point to another. Not enough character building for my taste. Not enough of history with Fransico and no sight of Ragnar, the pirate. I preferred the first Dagny but until they merge all three together for a big DVD it does not really matter. While it is not perfect, I still say go see it.
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.
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.
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 07, 2015
Better pacing, better story line, better casting... you don't have to have read the book to be swept along by this one. There are some great lines, delivered well, and good action sequences. My only complaint is that at times the dialogue seems forced to get philosophical points out quickly that book develops over time. All in all, though, the movie is faithful to the book but suspensevul and visually engaging, too, so well worth seeing for Ayn Rand afficionados and the general public alike.