DVD Review: Atlas Shrugged

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“Who is John Galt?”

Prior to seeing this movie I had heard that question more times than I can remember and always wondered what in the world it meant. Now I know – and it is important.

I have watched the movie Atlas Shrugged at least 10 times since its release back in November. Obviously I like the movie.

Why do I like it so much? Its because of the exceptional story that is so meaningful today. Atlas Shrugged was based on a book written by Ayn Rand decades ago. The story displays how governmental decisions are made based not on right and wrong – but what will keep people/groups in power. The concept of take from the few to redistribute to the many is shown throughout the story line. Governmental involvement and over-control for the “betterment of the people” is really highlighted well.

 In the movie laws are passed to eliminate competition for selfish reasons but communicated to the public as a logical method of providing for “the people”. In another instance the government looks to require that “for the common good of all people” innovative ideas from one company must be shared equally with the competition.

Here is a summary of the movie from Amazon.com…..

The movie is about how two businessmen (Dagny Taggart, played by the pretty Taylor Schilling, who runs a troubled railroad company and Hank Rearden who builds a special metal for its tracks) are repeatedly thwarted in their plans to create a great railroad by government intrusion and regulation. Meanwhile, some smart and wealthy businessmen are mysteriously disappearing.

If one pays attention to the news and see’s how government involvement into peoples lives is not a good thing – you will clearly identify with this movie.

I highly recommend Atlas Shrugged.

Have you seen it?  Would like to know what you thought of it.

Who is John Galt?


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13 thoughts on “DVD Review: Atlas Shrugged”

  1. If you like the movie, you will love the book. There are themes in the movie that are expanded ten-fold i the book. It’s long and intimidating because of the number of pages, but it’s worth it. At the least, check out the audio version from the library.

    I am looking forward to the next 2 sequels and I’m sure they will do the book as much justice as they can in the movie format.

  2. Just took your site off my reading list in one fell swoop. Rand and anyone like her are the true parasites in this world. I’m one of what she calls “the producers” and I find her logic frankly disgusting.

  3. I’ll check out the movie based on your recommendation. Like you, I’ve always been curious about “Atlas Shrugged”, but – even being a voracious reader – I just haven’t been able to drum up enough enthusiasm to take on that long book. Besides, I reject her Objectivism as both too self-centered and wrong about the existence of God. That said, I am sympathetic to her point of view about big government. Thanks for the review.

  4. Love the book, have read it multiple times
    I really enjoyed the movie as well,great cast for a great story. I was happy to hear they are working on part two and that they plan to tell the story as a trilogy.
    Such an amazing story and one that is more important the ever right now.
    These DVDs will make great Christmas presents next year as well.

  5. @tym, 1 opinion you disagree with and you close yourself off from any other information from that specific source? That kind of close-mindedness will never allow growth.
    Rourke, I loved the book. Loved the movie. I have read sci-fi since I was young. Rand’s ability to build a ‘future world’ was lacking, but the theme was more about social/government interaction. Her “Atlas” world was hard to get past but I was gripped by the political scene she created. It amazes me the extent her government parallels our current one sixty years after the book was written.
    I was curious as to how the railroad would be relevant in the movie, they did it well. I think some of the characters needed to be developed more for someone who might not have read the book.
    I hated that it ended but loved the way it ended. I am anxiously waiting for the next installment.
    (I understand it has been re-cast. ????)

    • DesertRatJack –

      Looks like the original cast was not locked into contracts – so the casting is up in the air. Hope they can work out to bring back everyone – if not I am sure whomever they pick will do great.

      Thanks – Rourke

  6. Who would have thought that a movie review could help weed out the producers who are too busy providing for the moochers to take an interest in self-preservation?!?! He obviously didn’t belong here anyway. I’m going to post a link to your review just in case there are any “Tym”s reading my blog. What a great filtering tool!

    I watched the movie last night with my wife. I’ve read Rand, and my wife hasn’t. She had a hard time following some of the themes and a lot of it you just couldn’t follow unless you had also read the book because they simply could not fit it all in to a movie format. If you contrast it with another book-to-movie that came out recently, “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo”, (obviously not the theme, but in terms of covering the storyline well), Atlas Shrugged Part I failed miserably. However, overall, we both liked it and are looking forward to part 2 later this year.

  7. Tym,
    It’s a movie. It’s fiction that has several parallels to the path this country has taken over the past several decades.
    Your personal dislike for Rand somehow translating to publicly slamming Rourke by “disowning” his website is irrational and childish.
    Good luck getting through life with such a narrow, rigid, opinionated and inflexible mindset.

    Regarding the movie, I have not seen it, but have listened to the book on audio several times. It’s a commitment at 50+ hours, but as you navigate through it, you see uncanny parallels in the characters to people in power today. And uncanny parallels to the slow creep of Socialism over the years with the rules, regulations, and laws passed to protect the socialists in power under the guise of protecting the proletariat. Considering that it was written 60 years ago by a woman who grew up watching socialism take over her country, the “predictions” in the novel are spot on.

    Great review Rourke!


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