Atlas Shrugged: Part I


Atlas Shrugged: Part I

Critics Consensus

Passionate ideologues may find it compelling, but most filmgoers will find this low-budget adaptation of the Ayn Rand bestseller decidedly lacking.



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Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers. She is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own. Rearden's super-strength metal alloy, Rearden Metal, holds the promise that innovation can overcome the slide into anarchy. Using the untested Rearden Metal, they rebuild the critical Taggart rail line in Colorado and pave the way for oil titan Ellis Wyatt (Graham Beckel) to feed the flame of a new American Renaissance. Hope rises again, when Dagny and Rearden discover the design of a revolutionary motor based on static electricity - in an abandoned engine factory - more proof to the sinister theory that the "men of the mind" (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are "on strike" and vanishing from society. -- (C) Official Site

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Taylor Schilling
as Dagny Taggart
Grant Bowler
as Henry Rearden
Matthew Marsden
as James Taggart
Edi Gathegi
as Eddie Willers
Paul Johansson
as John Galt
Jsu Garcia
as Francisco D'Anconia
Graham Beckel
as Ellis Wyatt
Jon Polito
as Orren Boyle
Patrick Fischler
as Paul Larkin
Rebecca Wisocky
as Lillian Rearden
Michael Lerner
as Wesley Mouch
Neil Barry
as Philip Rearden
Christina Pickles
as Mother Rearden
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Herbert Mowen
Armin Shimerman
as Dr. Potter
Navid Negahban
as Dr. Robert Stadler
Armin Shimmerman
as Dr. Potter
Craig Tsuyumine
as Reporter #1
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Reporter #2
Jan Morris
as Denise Greco
Ethan Cohn
as Owen Kellogg
Christopher Mur
as Marco Ramirez
Jack Milo
as Richard McNamara
Matt O'Toole
as Brenden Brady
David Goryl
as Jay Knight
Nikki Klecha
as Gwen Ives
David Doty
as Mayor Bascom
Rob Brownstein
as Eugene Lawson
Sylva Kelegian
as Ivy Starnes
June Squibb
as Mrs. Hastings
Michael O'Keefe
as Hugh Akston
Mercedes Connor
as Cherryl Brooks
Clay Bunker
as NNT Reporter
January Welsh
as Reporter
Geoffrey Pierson
as Michael "Midas" Mulligan
Derric Nugent
as Fire Chief
Jeff Cockey
as Bartender
Travis Seaborn
as Bartender
Marissa Welsh
as Ballroom Dancer
Ron Provencal
as Ballroom Dancer
Christopher Karl Johnson
as Senator at Press Conference
Katherine M. O'Connor
as Senator at Press Conference
Kim Swennen
as Newscaster 1
Mel Fair
as Newscaster 2
Mandy June Turpin
as Newscaster 3
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Critic Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part I

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (19)

  • Made on the cheap with no-name stars, this is no better than a stilted anachronistic curiosity, a low-rent version of the eighties' prime-time soap Dallas, with the industrial concerns and sexual mores of 1950s, all, somehow, set in 2016.

    Oct 28, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A talky bore that spends too much time in wood-panelled offices and at chatter-heavy parties that were clearly shot on the cheap.

    Oct 28, 2011 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part I is in many ways charmingly oblivious to its inherent contradictions and the fact that its capitalist titans appear to be squatting in old, abandoned Dynasty sets, eating food-court baked potatoes.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
  • Apart from its deficiencies as fiction, whatever its philosophical limitations (the rich and able should only help themselves in Rand's "Objectivism"), the book proves proudly indigestible on film.

    Apr 20, 2011 | Full Review…
  • This comically tasteless and flavorless adaptation of Ayn Rand's bombastic magnum opus delivers her simplistic nostrums with smug self-satisfaction.

    Apr 18, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The film is curiously sterile and lifeless, hardly the stuff of revolution. It feels more like an ideologically reversed Tucker: The Man And His Dream, written and performed by robots.

    Apr 16, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part I

  • Jun 29, 2014
    Finally, someone actually made the adaptation of Atlas Shrugged come true. The first part of Atlas Shrugged consists of the 10 chapters from part 1 of the book, we are introduced to Dagny Taggart the savvy headstrong businesswoman who struggles to overcome the regulations from the government (and her own brother) to maintain the family business in railroad company, she saw the opportunity to revive the company through the use of a new type of steel invented by Henry "Hank" Rearden to lay the tracks. Despite the public tried to do everything to stop her, she held on to her belief and it was a success. She then discovered a revolutionary motor which could convert static electricity to kinetic energy along with Hank, but the motor was incomplete and abandoned by the inventor. As she tried to track down the inventor, government moves closer and closer to destroy her. I was thrilled to see this film as I've read the book and regarding it as one of the highest achievements in human history, but the film simply did not live up to the standard I expected nor as the standard of the book. The script did not come even close to what the book has written, yeh I was excited to hear the dialogues that followed the lines from the book but they were slightly altered for the sake of the less intelligent; the film was really rushed that it missed out a lot of the important details from the book. I mean, how can you transform 300 pages of words into a movie that only last 102 minutes? Even Dead Until Dark was adapted to 12 hours of True Blood and it was only 292 pages long. The film only covered the surface of the novel without going into the theories of Objectivism, Ayn Rand would be so mad if she was alive today and saw the film (as she did with The Fountainhead) The best part of the film was the casting, each character was exactly as what I would imagine for them to look like (except Hank would is blond in the book) Taylor Schilling was simply divine, I wouldn't find anyone else to play Dagny than her, she did a marvelous job. Grant Bowler was perfect too! (Kiwi pride) but the best casting award has to go to Rebecca Wisocky, she was perfect to play Hank's devious moocher wife. The main theme was great, it gave me the chills. The set design was simply yet great, extremely dystopian yet balanced out the limitation of having such a low budget. Overall, ambitious yet felt short.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2013
    Interesting. Slightly confusing. Apparently, a continuing saga...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2012
    "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" starts on September 2, 2016 with the derailment of a train on a critical stretch of track in Colorado that is going to delay gas shipments to the east coast for at least a couple of weeks. Making matters worse is that the steel shipment that Taggart Transcontinental so badly needs to effect repairs has already been back ordered for two months. So, Dagny Taggart(Taylor Schilling) overrides her brother James(Matthew Marsden) by going with an untested process that Henry Rearden(Grant Bowler) has developed. His being flush with business does not mean his wife(Rebecca Wisocky) has to like the bracelet he made for her, however. Admittedly, I am a sucker for dystopias, especially those where the main form of transportation is via train. And "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" does use that plot device to neatly update from the past to the current near future. Weirdly enough, this political movie is set at the time of a Presidential election(my money is on Cuomo vs. Christie, by the way) without mentioning one at all, taking the easy route to try to implicate Obama in all of the world's sins. For the record, regulation is meant to save business from its worst impulses, like insuring that tracks are replaced more often than once a hundred years, even as I think regulating the size of soft drinks is more than a little silly. If only shaky politics were the worst of this movie's sins, it would not be so bad, but alas it is, seeped in talky amateurism and animatronic acting that includes even the veteran character actors in the cast.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    I've never read the book but I had some concept of what this was about. It left me a little bit confused and hanging at the end.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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