Atlas Shrugged: Part 1- August 3rd

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1
English- Drama
Rated “PG-13”
Runtime- 96 min.
dir. Paul Johansson

When I first heard about this movie, my opinion about it was immediately negative. I didn’t think that they could make a book written by some self-important wench about narcissistic capitalism into a movie that anyone would care about. Given, I know opinions like Rand’s are important in order to bring contrast to political conversations, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t dumb.

Also, they did kind of pull the movie off.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

The over arcing plot is really intriguing and will definitely have me watching the sequel. However, the sub-plots got a little murky and unfocused, which made the whole thing a little padded.

Acting: 2/2

Really good characterization, especially Grant Bowler in the part of Hank Reardon. I actually felt myself on the side of the cutthroat capitalists, which was very surprising when I realized it.

Photography/Set: 1/2

Despite their best efforts, it still has trouble shaking the feel of a made-for-TV movie in both parts of this category.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Same problem as above. couldn’t tell if it was from lack of budget, or lack of effort and talent.

Misc: 1.5/2

After first thinking that the sequel was a terrible idea, I now think that it would have been impossible to make this into a single film.


Very watchable, whether you’re a fan of Rand’s work or not. The sequel better improve on the formula.

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