Atlas Shrugged Part I Movie Review

Atlas Shrugged Part I Movie Review

12% critical acclaim, telling that all the pinko communists show their true blood, by insulting the entire film, based on lies. They felt sheer guilt watching it. Oh, the critics were all over the place on this one, dishing out insults like it was going out of style.  The fact that this is the only conservative movie ever made in the history of histories, is also telling. Maybe, most authors are all left-wing nut jobs that wrap themselves in the fantasy of academia.  Who knows?

Atlas Shrugged Part I

The fact of the matter is, the movie pounded its point into their red communists hearts over and over, and beat them into submission, until they could take it no more, and there you have a tremendous gulf between audience approval at 80% and critical acclaim at 12%.

The movie is based on the novel by Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. Rand’s fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing.
The book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society leading to millionaires going on strike. The only clue to this strange circumstance is the enigmatic question “Who is John Galt?” which turns out to be a significant foreshadowing of the book’s premises. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry (including Taggart Transcontinental, the once mighty transcontinental railroad for which she serves as the Vice President of Operations), while society’s most productive citizens, led by this mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as “stopping the motor of the world” by withdrawing the “minds” that drive society’s growth and productivity. In their efforts, these people “of the mind” hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create is doomed, that civilization cannot exist where every person is a slave to society and government, and that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society.

The novel’s title is a reference to Atlas, a Titan of Greek mythology, who in the novel is described as “the giant who holds the weight of the heavens(the Sky) on his shoulders”.  The significance of this reference is seen in a conversation between the characters of Francisco d’Anconia and Hank Rearden in which d’Anconia asks of Rearden what sort of advice he would give to Atlas upon seeing that “the greater [the titan’s] effort the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders”. With Rearden unable to answer, Francisco gives his own response: “To shrug”.

Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden

Atlas Shrugged includes elements of mystery and science fiction,  and it contains Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction via a lengthy monologue delivered by the strike’s leader, John Galt.

The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is “the role of man’s mind in existence”. The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. It advocates the core tenets of Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and expresses her concept of human achievement. In doing so it expresses many facets of Rand’s philosophy, such as the advocacy of reason, individualism, the market economy, and the failure of government coercion.

The movie follows the book along very closely, but the movie acclaim closely follows the book acclaim.

“Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication, but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades.”

History is obviously repeating itself. The public is fed up with the government and this movie is directly topical to the Obama administration. There is nothing that any critic has said, that shows that they even watched the movie, and all of their criticism is about the production of the movie, not the movie story at all. It is unconscionable to say you have reviewed a movie and mention nothing about the story.

Ayn Rand the Author and Philosopher

Taylor Schilling of Mercy tv series (2009) and Dark Matter (2007) stars as Dagny Taggart. Edi Gathegi of Twilight, Crank and X-men: First Class, plays as her go to man and sidekick Eddie Willers.  Graham Beckel of CSI: NY tv series and Brokeback Mountain plays Ellis Wyatt an oil magnate and reluctant client of Taggart Railway.  Matthew Marsden of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Resident Evil: Extinction plays as James Taggart, CEO of Taggart Railway and brother to Dagny Taggart.  Grant Bowler of True Blood tv series and Ugly Betty tv series plays Henry Rearden of Rearden Steel, a steel magnate and partner to Dagny Taggart rounds out the trio of capatalists that are under fire by the communist take over by the government of their each respective industries, broadly, and companies, specifically.

The story is compelling and very appropriate for our times with the Obama administration doing exactly what was going on in the movie, almost down to the exact legislations.

To anyone that has a brain and wants to see something presented crystal clear about what is going on in our times right now, this is a MUST SEE.

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