Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most ... See full summary »
Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy.
'Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.
The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the ... See full summary »
It was great to be alive, once, but the world was perishing. Factories were shutting down, transportation was grinding to a halt, granaries were empty--and key people who had once kept it running were disappearing all over the country. As the lights winked out and the cities went cold, nothing was left to anyone but misery. No one knew how to stop it, no one understood why it was happening - except one woman, the operating executive of a once mighty transcontinental railroad, who suspects the answer may rest with a remarkable invention and the man who created it - a man who once said he would stop the motor of the world. Everything now depends on finding him and discovering the answer to the question on the lips of everyone as they whisper it in fear: Who *is* John Galt? Written by
In the late 1970s, NBC had plans to bring the novel to television as one of the multi-part mini-series popular at the time. Ayn Rand wanted Farrah Fawcett to star, but the project never materialized. 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 »
This is Ellis Wyatt. I'm gone. Don't try to find me. You won't. I am on strike.
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Having long-ago read both Atlas Shrugged and The Virtue Of Selfishness, I knew exactly what I was getting in to when I made the improbable decision to check out this film. If you haven't already figured it out
I'm not a follower of Ayn Rand's... peculiarities.
But that's not what this is about. This is about the translation of a work of fiction from novel to celluloid.
The Successes: I have to admit that it qualifies as a motion picture, by definition. Kudos.
The Failures: The acting is terrible - excepting a handful of familiar faces, the cast must have been plucked from Kirk Cameron's Left Behind series, and even Michael O'Keefe hasn't done anything of note since Caddyshack. The dialogue is comical - I'm assuming it wasn't drunkenly improvised as there's a screenplay writer credit. The cinematography is sub-blargh - most of the film is set indoors and the entire look is just strange, as if some days there weren't enough people to hold the various lights and reflectors. The directing is nonexistent - I say that only because the film is directionless. The production quality is borked - the interiors were clearly done on the cheap, and (as one famous movie reviewer has pointed out) come the hell on, Wisconsin looks nothing like New Mexico. Even the costumes are junky - they're the kinds of outfits that Marshalls eventually sells to dollar stores. To top it off, the film isn't even entertaining-bad like an Ed Wood film - it's simply an exasperating, self-important POS.
Atlas Shrugged: Part I is an anti-masterpiece; if one of its empty film canisters were to come in contact with one of Citizen Kane's, the universe would explode.
Two stars, since it's twice as crappy as every other one-star film.
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