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Atlas Shrugged: Part I
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ayn Rand's infamously bloated book gets the low-budget no-name treatment.

Rand's book is (when you scrape off about 950 pages of ugly fat) about what happens when the creative geniuses of the world go on strike, leaving the rest of the world to choke in its own wastes. This was the book that triggered Dorothy Parker's famous review: "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."

By a not very astounding coincidence, that's what's happened with this movie. In the space of five years this went from an almost-deal with Angelina Jolie and a $70M production budget from Lions Gate, with Vadim Perelman scheduled to direct and a screenplay by the guy who wrote "Braveheart" to ... this. A production budget said to be under $10M, no stars, a director whose entire previous output is a couple episodes of "One Tree Hill," a screen play written in a month by a zombie-movie maven and a guy who made his mint selling exercise equipment.

They rushed the film into production because the producer's film rights were expiring; in fact, shooting started only two days before the twenty-year deal said they must, with the producer putting up his own millions. The result: a rushed, low-budget mess.

The movie might theoretically have had a shot at being good, had not all the talent "gone Galt" and walked away. That includes James V Hart, whom you're unintentionally slandering by suggesting he wrote it.