Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Part II

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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Part two of Ayn Rand's groundbreaking novel. The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the World. It's a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good.

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ScorchingSun
Mar 11, 2016

As in the first movie, this second one had interesting protagonists.

Mee2 Feb 26, 2016

This is a movie, not a book. A must-watch trilogy about the dangers of Big Government.

LRS1969 Apr 17, 2015

As this story line (a 3-part movie series) parallels the book of same name, I will simply post the main segment of my Review of book here.

I had read (with much effort) this book years ago and recently "re-visited" it with a scanning.

And likewise had, over subsequent months, checked out these multi-part movies as based on that book (and equally difficult to get through... having some antiacid tablets on hand did help slightly).

Aside from mentioning the fact that it is an absolutely horrific book (in these cases, movies) to wade through (excessively long, poorly written, extremely self-pitying while tremendously egotistical), the fact of it being one of the iconic books of the ultra conservative movement (to include a large number of fundamentalist type Christians even) is the heights of hypocrisy and irony...

That is in seeing as how Rand (not her native name) was born in Russia and a lifelong atheist, believed strongly in and practiced fully an "open marriage" (adultry) concept, and who virulently attacked Social Security and Medicare though once her husband and her had needs for those programs (*) did NOT hesitate to use them!

(*) Having attacked the anti smoking movement for years, she of course developed lung cancer in 1974 and died of smoking related heart attack in 1982... and gladly used those government help programs.

Rather than get into more (much more) about this book and the author, I would just direct those interested to these links:

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Atlas_Shrugged#Atlas_Shrugged

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand

P. S. The multi-part movies (as reflected here) done as based on this book are all simply poorly done and equally nauseating versions of the book.

redban Feb 17, 2015

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

NewYorkViews Nov 26, 2014

I preferred Part 1 as the script in Part 1 seemed much better. I found the casting and acting quite good in this film even though different than in Part 1, but contrived in some areas; and, I do not see it as a good Hollywood type of film, but a so-so TV movie that is okay. The scenery was often too industrial that it was strangling, and I find A. Rand's writings to not be hostile against nature.

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ashleysears
Aug 15, 2014

Part 2 is not so good, none of the orginal cast is in it, and it is waaay too cheeseball sci-fi for me - this was a let down.

btmslt Oct 15, 2013

A bit better then the first part but still far too long.

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pinky0203
Oct 08, 2013

I do wish they had kept the same actors which portrayed the characters in the first movie. It would have provided more continuity.

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useyourwords
Aug 07, 2013

This movie would have been better as an Esai Morales one-man show. He played Francisco, and was the only one who could deliver key lines (explanation of the novel's title, the money speech) with the appropriate gravitas. Dagny I was wooden, and Dagny II wears a look of perpetual worriment, so I hope the producers strike a balance when they choose the actress for the protagonist in Atlas Shrugged III. Entertain me badly once, shame on you. Entertain me badly twice, shame on me. Entertain me badly three times, and I'll reread the 1000+page source novel instead.

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cluhowy
Jul 28, 2013

Both my spouse and I were extremely disappointed in this sequel, Part II of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. After watching Part I (I didn't know there would be 3 parts to this movie!) we both agreed the movie was well done, had very skilled actors, the casting was well done, and the entire movie was interesting, addictive, and very nicely paced...when we reached "The End" and found there was another movie, Part 2, we couldn't wait to view it! What a disappointment! Not so much in the story itself, however, in how it was translated into a movie, the actors chosen to replace all the original cast, their acting ability, (with the exception of 2 we both found noteworthy: Esai Morales as Francisco d'Anconia and Jason Beghe as Henry Reardon. As good as both actors are, they can't carry the entire cast...so this sequel begins with a fast paced airplane chase scene (the new Dagny Taggert). After this brief scene the movie fizzles out. There is a slightly increased pace in the last portion of the movie which closes with the same scene we viewed in the opening. All in all, this sequel was a disappointment. I look forward to reading the book by Ayn Rand, a brilliant woman, prolific author and visionary... this book was published in 1957. Part 3 of the movie is planned for release in 2014. I wonder if part 3 will have the same impact as Part 1 had on me...I'll just have to wait and see, but by then, I'm sure it will have lost momentum for me!

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turbo12
Jul 07, 2013

Violence: Much civil and political unrest may bother younger or sensitive viewers - but violence is relatively mild

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turbo12
Jul 07, 2013

Sexual Content: tasteful sex scenes, but involve adultery

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turbo12
Jul 07, 2013

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turbo12
Jun 20, 2013

Part 2 of a trilogy, but it stands alone perfectly well. After seeing this, I'll be checking out Part 1. Female CEO of the railroad is courted by hidden group to leave a failing society/economy where capitalism is dying.

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Jul 07, 2013

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