Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  15 April 2011 (USA)
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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.



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15 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Atlas Shrugged: Part I  »

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$4,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,686,347 (USA) (15 April 2011)


$4,563,873 (USA) (13 May 2011)

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The entire cast was replaced for the sequel Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012). See more »


All articles in the Philadelphia Leader newspaper except the one on Rearden metal have incorrect headlines and their text segments contain multiple spelling/grammar errors. See more »


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Atlas Shrugged… and so did I
1 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that it's been years since I read the book (required high school reading) and while I struggled to get through it, I did appreciate the concepts of a dystopian United States, the philosophy of Objectivism and the idea that civilization and society simply cannot continue to exist where there is no creativity.

Almost none of this is covered in this first part of the trilogy. Don't get me wrong, the film covers a lot of ground, in fact it's front-loaded with heavy doses of exposition. The problem is the film is shot like a PBS made-for-TV movie (mainly a series of talking heads) and the stiff dialog is lifelessly delivered by TV actors that lack big screen presence.

Now, don't mistake me for one of those people who feel the subject matter of the book is too didactic for mass appeal, I just think this low-budget and amateur version lacks the fire and fury that Rand's novel deserves.

I'm not saying not to see it, just avoid the mistake I made. Go in with no expectations.

Hell, it might even make you want to pick up the book and give it a read.

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