Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions.


Movie Info

The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear at the hands of the unknown. 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 - found abandoned amongst the ruins of a once productive factory, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Patrick O'Toole , Duke Sandefur , Duncan Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2013
Box Office: $3.3M
Runtime:
Atlas Distribution - Official Site

Cast


as Dagny Taggart

as Henry Rearden

as Francisco d'Anconia

as James Taggart

as Lillian Rearden

as Dr. Floyd Ferris

as Head of State Thomps...

as Eddie Willers

as John Galt

as Quentin Daniels

as Wesley Mouch

as Dr. Robert Stadler

as Leonard Small

as Ken Danagger

as Kip Chalmers

as Cherryl Brooks

as Jeff Allen

as Ted 'Buzz' Killman

as Clem Weatherby

as Robert Collins

as Judge Griffin

as Lillian's Friend

as Luke Stone

as Judge Beckstrom

as Reception Guest #1

as Laura Bradford

as Dave Mitchum

as Gilbert Keith Worthi...

as Sara Connelly
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Critic Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Seriously, if this is the best promotion of itself that the free market can manage, it really would benefit from the help of a Ministry of Culture or something.

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Director John Putch struggles to find balance or generate a single spark from the clunky mix of romance, political diatribe and thriller.

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The producers are going to have to hire a better director if they want moviegoers to be curious enough about this Galt guy to buy a ticket for the presumptive third and final chapter.

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
New York Times
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It's consistent with its predecessor as a somewhat awkward translation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel to our current era, handled with bland telepic-style competency.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Variety
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A disaster as a film, Atlas also is laughable in its presentation of Rand's ideology.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If the novel Atlas Shrugged is ultimate libertarian porn, then the first two installments of the screen adaptation are soggy softcore.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

½

Ayn Rand's industrialists fight against the Fair Share Act, which further strangles the economy.
First, the most unfortunate thing about this film was the endorsement that the real Sean Hannity gave to the fictional Hank Rearden. Additionally, protesters directly referenced the Occupy Wall Street rhetoric. The one-to-one relationship between the modern day right wing and Rand's objectivists is bullshit, and it's a shame that this film's creators got sucked into Rand's abduction by the right wing. After all the contemporary right wing is in the pocket of conservative Christians, yet Rand was an ardent atheist; the modern day right wing gives welfare to corporate fat cats whom Rand would consider looters. What does this have to do with the film? The iconography of the protesters and Hannity place the film in our historical moment, not Rand's, which takes us out of the film's world.
Second, I was impressed with Samantha Mathis's performance. Her Dagny was given more to human emotion, which played peek-a-boo amid Dagny's characteristic stoicism. But her acting was the best of the cast. I particularly disliked Jason Beghe's gravel-voiced Rearden.
Finally, the film is poorly paced. The speeches by Readen and Francisco belong in the film, but director John Putch should have taken a walking and talking page from Aaron Sorkin's book to give the film some energy, and the montages of poverty do little to add to the plot.
Overall, this is a controversial film not because Rand is a controversial figure (even though she is) but primarily because the film doesn't really get her.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

What the heck happened here? They changed the actors for almost EVERY role from the part 1 of this saga. Whose bright idea was that?? This could have been an interesting continuing story, but I found the new actors way too distracting....were they all busy? sheesh...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

You'd think after the horrible and horribly boring Atlas Shrugged: Part One that a promised Part Two might just disappear into the ether. If only we could have been so fortunate. Ayn Rand's cautionary opus about the evils of big government is given another creaky adaptation that fails to justify its existence. I feel like I could repeat verbatim my faults with the first film. Once again we don't have characters but mouthpieces for ideology, an ideology that celebrates untamed greed. Once again the "best and brightest" (a.k.a. world's richest) are disappearing and the world is grinding to a halt without their necessary genius. Does anyone really think if the world's billionaires left in a huff that the world would cease to function? The assumption that financial wealth equates brilliance seems fatally flawed. Once again it's in a modern setting where America has gone back in time to value railroads. Once again the main thrust of the inert drama is over inconsequential railway economics. Once again people just talk in circles in cheap locations. Once again the government agencies are a bunch of clucking stooges, eager to punish successful business. Once again Rand's Objectivist worldview is treated as gospel and value is only ascribed to the amount of money one can produce. This time we have a slightly better budget, a better director, and some recognizable actors like Samantha Manthis, Esai Morales, Ray Wise, Richard T. Jones, and D.B. Sweeney as the mysterious John Gault. The story transitions to a ridiculous government mandate that include such incomprehensible edicts like making sure no one spends more money than another person. Can you imagine the paperwork involved? This woeful sequel will only appeal to Rand's most faithful admirers, and you probably don't want to hang out with those people anyway. There's your clue: if you see someone carrying a copy of Atlas Shrugged: Part Two they either lack taste or are far too generous with movies. If there is indeed a concluding Part Three, it will be further proof that Rand's market-based screeds are not accurate. The market has already rejected two of these dreadful movies.

Nate's Grade: D

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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