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Atlas Shrugged Part I
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A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.
The book Atlas Shrugged is a vile thing partially redeemed by the rubberneck value of seeing an author’s scarred psyche and bigotry transformed into a meticulously thought-out yet repellent philosophy that denies the existence of abstract beauty or humanity. Reading it is an alternately hilarious and disturbing experience, but it helps you understand the workings of the moneymen who arrogantly and incorrectly assume that their blind luck and ruthlessness in gaming the system is evidence of their Übermenschian superiority over the riff-raff.
Atlas Shrugged: Part I can’t even get that right. It’s incoherent and tedious, as soulless as the people who find value in it, and yet mundanely evil. It advocates the worst behaviour, it celebrates the worst of our…
To be clear, I'd give the movie 0 stars but I don't want you to think I didn't give it a rating at all.
I feel like this "film" has completely destroyed my comprehension of time. This was quite honestly the longest hour and a half of my life. I thought for sure like three hours had past, but then the run time of the film got checked, and to my horror, the film was much shorter than I believed it to be. There is nothing redeeming about Atlas Shrugged, not a single thing. The story is so boring, the characters are boring, and the film making on display is boring. Since I hate myself, I am actually curious to see how the sequels compare to this film, given that this first film is like being in Hell, with your feet cemented in a lake of fire, and you are being forced to watch the devil on the shore getting an enema for all eternity.
Pornografía neoliberal máxima. Es al culto randiano lo que "Battlefield Earth" fue a la Iglesia de la Cienciología.
Me parece muy desafortunado el lanzamiento de esta adaptación justo en medio de una crisis brutal cuya mecánica choca de frente con lo que cuenta la peli. Cuando salió la novela en el 57, su mensaje era pura especulación entusiasta. Hoy, tras Reagan, la hegemonía de las multinacionales y la instauración de la economía virtual, podemos comprobar que el sueño randiano de la razón ha producido los peores y más voraces monstruos.
Con todo, aludiendo al puro morbo, me veré la trilogía entera.
A lot of people who have given this movie a bad review (and there were a LOT of people who have done so) have been accused of simply disagreeing with the film's political stance, and to be fair the film makes its socio-political views very clear. That's not why this is a bad movie, though. This is a bad movie because it's a dull, overwrought, poorly-written and poorly-acted affair. I may not be the biggest Ayn Rand fan in existence, but the woman was a good writer and Atlas Shrugged is a well-written story. John Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O'Toole, the writers behind this film, are clearly not anywhere near her or your average screenwriter's league. To be fair, they…
Debo declararme, ante todo, fan del libro de Ayn Rand y seguidor (casi a ultranza) por todo lo que plantea. Sin embargo, es tal el nivel de extensión y complejidad de esta obra, que me vi realmente sorprendido al enterarme de que había una trilogía de películas basadas en ella.
Ahora, hablando de la película, en su primera parte, es un calco casi exacto (exceptuando la contemporaneidad en la que se encuentra esta adaptación, colocando la misma situación en nuestros tiempos actuales) de la obra de Rand, al menos en su guión, pero tiene un ritmo tan acelerado que, a pesar de ser la primera parte de una trilogía, pareciese contar todo de una vez, o demasiadas cosas en una…
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Is there an author out there whose body of work is less suited to the film medium than Ayn Rand's? If there is, I'd like to know. Her works are inherently philosophical, thoroughly cerebral and often bloated, the combination of which is a recipe for movie disaster. Taking on Atlas Shrugged is a bold move, indeed; unfortunately, without anything resembling talent in front of or behind the camera, failure was assured.
In 1949, legendary director King Vidor and mega-stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal made hash out of Rand's The Fountainhead. So, if these huge, huge talents couldn't make one of her gargantuan tomes into anything anywhere close to a good movie, it's pretty much a given that an unqualified…
The film concerns itself with business entrepreneurs Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) and Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler) as they fight entrenched bureaucracy, greedy unions and human empathy to create a more efficient rail line (because in this alternative future, trains are all the rage; that and steel…lots and lots of steel). This film was meant to be part of a trilogy transcribing Ayn Rand's thick diatribe against collectivism to the screen. Thankfully the reviews were so bad that outside a few fervent fans, no one came to see it and the production company has shied away from such ambitions.
Watching "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" was like watching C-SPAN inter-spliced with infomercials of "Trains, Trains, Trains" for two hours. To say that…
2015 movie viewings, #41. I've decided to watch this entire trilogy in a row because I've heard that, as the financing fell apart with each successive movie, the production values become so laughably cartoonish as to be worth the rental price of the DVDs alone. Here in volume 1 things are still looking pretty good, the kind of generic slickness you would expect from a B-pic action thriller; but too bad the same thing can't be said of the horrible, horrible script, which was already eye-rolling when Ayn Rand first wrote it in the 1950s, but when translated into the 2010s without updating any of the technology becomes literally like a parody of Objectivism instead of an ode to it.…
This was probably my favorite cast of all three movies, although it was very strange that the cast changed with each one. I would recommend this out of curiosity of Ayn Rand's philosophy along with this interview.
I know it got bad reviews, but I love it.
Equal parts hilarious and horrifying. Made-for-TV quality with a plan for world domination.
The last film I can remember walking out of - the actual movie I don't remember much of, just that I walked out of it (actually, no, I do remember this wrongly colored how I saw Taylor Schilling and made me hesitant to check out Orange is the New Black)
After having read countless complaints about Rands ideologies across every Norwegian news outlet, I remembered this movie existed.
I haven't read the book, but I'm aware of the thoughts it presents, which was what pulled me to watch it in the first place, and after reading nothing but 0,5 reviews, I have to say that I have to strongly disagree with all of you.
This is more of a depiction of political views than it is a normal movie, and I understand how hard it can be for people who sees the "good guys" as the people who in their reality are evil, to try to care for this poorly produced movie at all.
The production is pretty bad, the…
At first hearing about this film I wasn't interrested, but after my friend talking so much about it I suddenly just felt the urge and curiosity to watch it.
At first glans it looks like a shitty tv-show, and it sorta feels like that to, but thats actually helps this picture, cause it made the whole movie feel alot shorter and easier to sit through.
The characters of the film came across as bland, but it wasn't ti important to me, the overall plot was interresting enough to me.
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