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.
Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world's most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.
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
John & Harmon set out to start a trilogy of Ayn Rand's epic novel. They were new at movie-making, didn't know what the film would eventually cost, and were either ignored or scorned by those in the movie world.
Yet they got pretty good acting, a little slow pacing at first, and some good drama - the John Galt Line creation. I thought the movie picked up towards the final third, as the team found its center and began rolling out staccato pithy comments. I thought the most inspired acting was done by the man who played Ellis Wyatt.
AS Part I (2011) is a fine effort, capturing the themes of the novel while developing the mystery storyline. It's really a rough draft of "Non-Contradiction"; a follow-up could feature more Akston's Diner & dollar-sign cameos, AS Part II (2012)'s Rearden Steel set, and more product placement of current capitalist icons.
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