Atlas Shrugged: Part II


Atlas Shrugged: Part II

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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.



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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 World. But, the motor is dead... there is no one left to decipher its secret... and, someone is watching. It's a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good. Who is John Galt? -- (C) Official Site

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Samantha Mathis
as Dagny Taggart
Jason Beghe
as Henry Rearden
Esai Morales
as Francisco d'Anconia
Patrick Fabian
as James Taggart
Kim Rhodes
as Lillian Rearden
John Rubinstein
as Dr. Floyd Ferris
Ray Wise
as Head of State Thompson
Richard T. Jones
as Eddie Willers
D.B. Sweeney
as John Galt
Diedrich Bader
as Quentin Daniels
Paul McCrane
as Wesley Mouch
Robert Picardo
as Dr. Robert Stadler
Bug Hall
as Leonard Small
Arye Gross
as Ken Danagger
Rex Linn
as Kip Chalmers
Larisa Oleynik
as Cherryl Brooks
Jeff Yagher
as Jeff Allen
Michael Gross
as Ted 'Buzz' Killman
Stephen Macht
as Clem Weatherby
Thomas F. Wilson
as Robert Collins
Jordana Capra
as Judge Griffin
Rebecca Dunn
as Lillian's Friend
Mel Fair
as Luke Stone
Kip Gilman
as Judge Beckstrom
Martin Grey
as Reception Guest #1
Amy Hedrick
as Laura Bradford
Kevin M. Horton
as Dave Mitchum
Gildart Jackson
as Gilbert Keith Worthing
Jamie Rose
as Sara Connelly
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Critic Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

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  • 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.

    Oct 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Director John Putch struggles to find balance or generate a single spark from the clunky mix of romance, political diatribe and thriller.

    Oct 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 15, 2012
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2012

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • A disaster as a film, Atlas also is laughable in its presentation of Rand's ideology.

    Oct 13, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • If the novel Atlas Shrugged is ultimate libertarian porn, then the first two installments of the screen adaptation are soggy softcore.

    Oct 13, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike is a compelling and provocative film that brings Ayn Rand's classic novel to life. The saga continues with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden struggling to hold off a total economic collapse while an oppressive government tightens their control and leading industrialists mysteriously disappear. All of the major roles have been recast, which is rather off putting and doesn't result in any noticeable improvements in the characters. However, the directing is a little better and delivers a clearer vision than the first film had. Additionally, the special effects are fairly well-done for an independent film, and are used quite effectively to add energy and excitement to the scenes. While Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike doesn't live up to the quality of the source material, it still delivers a solid dramatic thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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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.

Jim Hunter
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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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 Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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