When adjusted for inflation, the film had one of the two hundred least profitable wide openings of the past thirty years, followed by one of the two hundred largest week-over-week drops recorded for the same period. The decision to chop the book into 3 parts with widely staggered release dates has only served to make this controversial and often difficult book into a confusing mess. When other reviewers write that many people rate this movie low because they disagree with Ayn Rand's philosophy and values, they fail to realize that her characters - this movie's characters - are unsympathetic and almost across the board unlikable. As my colleague Casey Broadwater has mentioned in his reviews of the first two installments, Atlas Shrugged has the look of any competently shot made for television movie. As a movie aficionado, this was some of the worst I have ever seen.
To me, this film provides the same hokum as Part I. An April press release stated the name of the film as Atlas Shrugged, Part 2: Either Or. They've taken a well written and reasoned novel whether you agree with he philosophy or not and reduced it to cheer leading the current right wings talking points. From the looks of things they must pay union scale or are you suggesting that John Gault cleans his own toilets or smelts his own steel? Dagny buys a small airplane and flies to to try to dissuade him, but as she is landing, she sees him get into a plane on the airstrip. Nine months earlier, Dagny is trying to understand the abandoned prototype of an advanced motor she and her lover have found.
With another change in the cast, it's been difficult again to follow what's been going on. The difference between Dagny Taggart and her brother are startling throughout the trilogy until the brother realizes he has just been a pawn of the power elite. They also have Francisco's and Dagny's meeting of him trying to stop her from returning in a cabin, rather than her apartment. The actors are like zombies, the director doesn't have a clue, the storyline is convoluted, and the capitalist philosophy borders on the hilarious. He had the young playboy look. In the first move, she makes her point by repeating things, and in this one, she does it by getting sillier and sillier, and her plot is even more ridiculous as a movie than in print. It only adds to the ridiculousness.
Hugh Akston had a believable conversation with Dagny which, unfortunately, may be the highlight of the movie. Rand claimed her characters were not symbolic, but I'm afraid in films, that's how they come off. To begin, I say if you've seen the first one, I think you will like the second one much better. Besides, the book Atlas Shrugged had enough contents and ideas for eight to ten one-hour episodes. An of part of 's controversial 1957 , the film is the first in encompassing the entire book.
First, although it takes up where the first left off, all the actors have magically changed - and for the most part they're worse than the originals. I understand, of course, the purpose of making her look tired. A wounded Dagny Taggart crawls to the edge of her crashed plane, where she is greeted by John Galt. Fear is rampant in this moment and the government uses that fear to take even further control from the people. In 1978, Henry and Michael Jaffe negotiated a deal for an eight-hour Atlas Shrugged television on.
All I saw was a bunch of clowns trying to act with so much cheese on top and worse editing mixed with lots of old footage. Content I give it a 9 because I appreciate where Rand is coming from, so let's call it an 8 out of 10 overall. Was I hallucinating when unregulated large banks and corporations brought the world to the brink of depression some five years ago? Rearden spends the night with Dagny. Typically, those kind of movies incorporate the ideology into the movie. The Galt hideaway is a huge disappointment.
During her absence, a Taggart Transcontinental train collides with a military train in a tunnel, due largely to political pressure by a passenger and human error by Dagny's poorly trained replacement. One of the only ones who did a halfway good job was the guy who played Ken Dannager, the coal magnate, but he has a small part and disappears around the middle. There are those who are Alinsky socialists who will never see the picture for the ideas presented. I hope, regardless of who becomes out next president, this country, and the people can turn things around. Based on this, I went into viewing this hopeful and excited to see if they could translate the movie to current societal and economic realities. John asks her to stay, but upon hearing the horror the country has become she vows to save it. Hopefully, and sooner rather than later, a reasonable free, productive and charitable middle ground will rise among Americans once again.
The problem is, they don't stay there. John Galt Kristoffer Polaha refuses to go along and vows to stop the motor of the world. At a certain point, it just becomes unintentionally funny. The cameo appearances are truly amazing as well. It is, to put it plainly, an embarrassment to all involved. This scene did not appear in the final cut.
Heck even the propaganda films I have seen in the past from the 40's had way more merit than this cruddy work. Producers announced expansion to 423 theaters several days after release and promised 1,000 theaters by the end of April, but the release peaked at 465 screens. One of the many maligned aspects of Rand's novels is that a speech, whether the courtroom scene in The Fountainhead or the longer-winded Galt's Speech, can instantly sway people. In Atlas Shrugged Part Three: Who Is John Galt? Rand agreed that Ruddy could focus on the love story. The special effects and sound quality were indicative of the purpose for which the movie makers were aiming.
And the final quarter of the novel from Galt's arrest to the end is rendered an unholy mess, with plot threads left unfinished or tossed to the winds entirely. If you are intelligent or sane, you will probably be angry at yourself if you watch this film all the way through. Other than that overall critique, I thought this final installment was even more moving in some ways than the first two, and seeing this series through to its completion after waiting for it to come out for 35 years was an aesthetic apex for my life. There is none of that here. So I read the book, and then decided to watch all three movies on the same day.