Surprisingly good, considering the extremely short production time (26 shooting days, I heard). No big-name stars, but the acting was good, maybe a bit underplayed at times. Fine performances by Taylor Schilling (Dagny Taggart) and the very handsome Grant Bowler (Henry Rearden). Edi Gathegi (Eddie Willers) gave a very strong performance in a small but important part, and Graham Beckel (Ellis Wyatt) almost stole the movie!
Beautiful cinematography and very effective staging. The scenes of urban devastation in L.A. made me wince, and the train going over the beautiful (CGI) bridge made me cheer! (Quite a lot of this film is sheer heaven for engineering geeks...)
The storyline worked well and was true to the book's spirit, even though a lot obviously had to be cut to make the film a reasonable length. Some in our party hadn't read the book before seeing the film and yet had no trouble following the plot.
I will bet that a lot of the pro critics and RT reviewers who are trashing this movie never even bothered to see the whole thing. Hope the film does well enough to produce Parts II and III!