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ATLAS SHRUGGED- Freeper Reviews
Freepers | April 15, 2011 | RobFromGa

Posted on 04/15/2011 1:31:44 PM PDT by RobFromGa

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Quick Review- 5 stars!

Very faithful to Rand's ideas. I didn't feel like they skipped any major items... the back story with Francisco was hinted at and would have been too hard to develop completely.

Casting was superb. Hank (Hooray!) and Lillian (Boo!)Rearden and Ellis Wyatt (!!!) were done perfectly as was Wesley Mouch and the other moochers and looters. Dagny was good but it took about ten minutes for me to completely buy her in the role.

Pace was perfect... it kept moving at a fast speed, and I didn't want it to end.

Cinematography very good- hard to believe only cost about $5 million! The Rearden Metal bridge was great, as was the Colorado landscape shots...

Audience Reaction: Duluth, GA 12:25pm showing was about 80% full (there was noon showing in a larger theater already going) & audience reacted with enthusiasm throughout and Applause at end.

Can't wait for Part 2! I will be going back to see Part One more than once...

Minor nitpick- shouldn't have had the date 2016 on the movie, it is timeless.


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1 posted on 04/15/2011 1:31:52 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa

How was John Galt? I always wondered how he would play on screen.


2 posted on 04/15/2011 1:33:45 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Chipper

bookmarked for later perusal


3 posted on 04/15/2011 1:34:16 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: RobFromGa

Didn’t know this was out yet—thanks for the review. Who played Hank, Dagny, Francisco, and Ellis?


4 posted on 04/15/2011 1:35:26 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: RobFromGa

Going Tonite!


5 posted on 04/15/2011 1:38:07 PM PDT by keep your powder dry (With your pike upon your shoulder, at the rising of the moon!)
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To: American Quilter
Didn’t know this was out yet—thanks for the review. Who played Hank, Dagny, Francisco, and Ellis?

And who is John Galt?

6 posted on 04/15/2011 1:39:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: RobFromGa
You know what's cool? That this opened the day the House passed the Paul Ryan budget.

An omen!

7 posted on 04/15/2011 1:41:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: keep your powder dry

Same here. 7:20 show. Haven’t been to a movie in over a year, because they’re all crap now; but looking forward to this one.


8 posted on 04/15/2011 1:41:27 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

I don’t think we know John Galt as John Galt at this point in the story (a bit of a spoiler, I suppose).


9 posted on 04/15/2011 1:42:14 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Galt isn’t revealed until later in the story, is he? (Although he is in the background from the beginning.)


10 posted on 04/15/2011 1:42:32 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
How was John Galt?

Mysterious and his face was shadowed as they showed him meeting up with the "Vanished" capitalists... I liked that aspect of setting it up as a Missing Persons mystery...

The role is played (I think) by the Director for this first third of the trilogy and then another actor will play the part in the next two movies where Galt has a bigger role...

This was only the first third of the novel, hence PART ONE, so John Galt's role is in the shadows.

11 posted on 04/15/2011 1:42:43 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa

Two parts—wow!


12 posted on 04/15/2011 1:45:24 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: American Quilter

going at 7:10 tonight


13 posted on 04/15/2011 1:50:31 PM PDT by Friend of the Friendless (R-Illinois)
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To: Retired Greyhound

No offense intended ... Read the book.


14 posted on 04/15/2011 1:50:42 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: American Quilter
Two parts—wow!

The plan is for three parts which correspond to the section breakdown of the book.

15 posted on 04/15/2011 1:51:27 PM PDT by Bob
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To: RobFromGa

Please disregard my question about the cast; I found a list. All are unknown to me, which is probably good; they won’t remind me of other characters they’ve played.


16 posted on 04/15/2011 1:52:24 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: RobFromGa

I saw the movie at 12:45 PM central. I give it 4 stars.

Faithful to the book, precision cuts were made. I have one major cut complaint, and that is the couple page screed that outlined the destruction of the 20th century motor company from a bum. I probably would have done a short flashback type of thing showing how the will to work fades away.

Acting was rigid, but after a while you stop noticing it.

I watched it with my wife who has never read the book, and she got the primary emphasis on individualism, economics, motivation, and the obvious similarities to the crap government is pulling today.

If you have read it, I think you will enjoy it.


17 posted on 04/15/2011 1:52:24 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: American Quilter

The book has three parts ...


18 posted on 04/15/2011 1:52:52 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Bob
The plan is for three parts which correspond to the section breakdown of the book.

Really! Clearly I haven't been paying attention. I'm really looking forward to the movie now. Thanks for the info.

19 posted on 04/15/2011 1:54:20 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Tribune7

HOORAY FOR THE RYAN BUDGET!

The 2012 election is when we make our choice between a controlled down-sizing of government or guaranteed future collapse of the whole system. WATCH THIS VIDEO of PAUL RYAN arguing for his plan prior to the vote - a choice of two futures!


20 posted on 04/15/2011 1:55:35 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Crazieman

Who is John Galt?


21 posted on 04/15/2011 1:56:21 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Crazieman

I agree they should have fleshed out the 20th Century Motor company story more, but I expect that they will do it in the second part when they have a real John Galt actor to be in the flashback. He could tell the story better than anyone, maybe at the Gulch!


22 posted on 04/15/2011 1:58:28 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Retired Greyhound

This movie isn’t any good! I know, because Roger Ebert reviewed it for me and said it sucks. /s


23 posted on 04/15/2011 1:59:23 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: RobFromGa

Not to sidetrack the discussion, but DUmmyland is posting like mad about a movie they have no interest in. Telling, much?


24 posted on 04/15/2011 1:59:57 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: RobFromGa; windcliff; onedoug

We are going tonight to see it in Spartanburg. Will report back!


25 posted on 04/15/2011 2:00:31 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: OldNavyVet
The book has three parts ...

Aha! I read it so many years ago that I don't remember that. I was only 16, and it was the first serious book I'd ever read. I was captivated. I stayed up nights reading it, read it under the desk in class, read it at the dinner table (got in trouble). Despite the turgid prose, it was such a tremendous story, and developed such an intellectually fascinating philosophy, that I couldn't put it down.

26 posted on 04/15/2011 2:01:57 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Crazieman

I agree they should have fleshed out the 20th Century Motor company story more, but I expect that they will do it in the second part when they have a real John Galt actor to be in the flashback. He could tell the story better than anyone, maybe at the Gulch!


27 posted on 04/15/2011 2:02:25 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: fwdude

I haven’t been to a movie in almost two years... it’ll be a nice change to see a movie that doesn’t insult me.


28 posted on 04/15/2011 2:05:11 PM PDT by GOPJ (Understanding the Koran: http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html)
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To: RobFromGa
Well, I just got back from the movie and I have to say that I am disappointed.

The most glaring problem I saw was Taylor Schilling. She was not right for the character of Dagny. She seemed too soft. Dagny is a very strong woman who is capable of almost anything she attempts. She’s smart and confident. Taylor did not have the look in her eye to convey the intelligence and confidence. Angelina Jolie has the look needed, but her involvement would have hurt the film in other ways. Angie Harmon would have worked well without some of the Jolie baggage.

Jsu Garcia’s portrayal of Francisco was not much better. Ray Curtis or someone of a similar look would have been better. Garcia was acting the part of Francisco instead of becoming Francisco.

Grant Bowler, on the other hand, was great in the role of Hank Reardon. He looked the part and delivered a performance worthy of Hank.

We commented many times during the FReeper book clubthat the villains were more fully developed and better written than the heroes. The movie did not do the villains justice. In the book, I was struck by the sincerity of the villains’ belief in the progressive BS that they spouted. Their scheming still had a basis in their broken philosophy and they never spoke of it openly… except for Fred Kinnan, head of the Amalgamated Labor of America, and a few others. In the movie, Boyle, Taggert and Mouch are very open about their schemes and don’t do the word dances that you see I the book. Scudder and Eubank are mentioned, but never appear.

The script tried to cover too much and never delved deep enough into any one scene really set the plot into motion. Having read the book several times, I knew what was happening, but I fear that a newcomer will be lost and confused. The romance between Hank and Dagny didn’t get the chance to build as it did in the book and seemed much to casual on screen.

The lines delivered by the actors seemed natural, unlike those in the movie version of The Fountainhead from 1949. The dialogue was so un-natural in that adaptation that it made me cringe. It was literally as-written from the book instead of reworked to fit the screen. This adaptation of Atlas did a much better job.

In sumation, I would give the movie two stars out of five.

29 posted on 04/15/2011 2:05:44 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: RobFromGa

For the record, the movie cost $25 million per the Atlas Shrugged The Movie website


30 posted on 04/15/2011 2:07:01 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: RobFromGa; Pride in the USA

ping for the first FReeper reviews coming in.

Thanks, Rob!


31 posted on 04/15/2011 2:08:37 PM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Publius

I was going to suggest that you and Bill post a review thread, but it looks like Rob beat you to it.


32 posted on 04/15/2011 2:12:20 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: RobFromGa; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Whyisa, I noticed you said you had attended and posted on the TX message board.


33 posted on 04/15/2011 2:13:33 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (TX and MI - When the going gets tough, the dims run and hide.)
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To: RobFromGa

Looking forward to seeing it....


34 posted on 04/15/2011 2:15:51 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Broken Glass Republican)
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To: r-q-tek86

I thought The romance between Hank and Dagny was one of the things that I think was easier to see on the screen as compared with Rand’s prose.

The acting of the Hank and Dagny roles made you really feel the attraction between the two of them.

The difference between the “love” scene with Lillian and the one with Dagny captured what Rand tried to put into words.

I also thought that the pure JOY of the scene at Wyatt’s home when the producers Hank, Dagny and Ellis celebrated after the successful run was in stark contrast to the stilted fake fun of the anniversary ball scene.


35 posted on 04/15/2011 2:18:10 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa

I have not seen the movie ...yet. I do look forward to this movie. I may even go to the theater instead of waiting. Haven’t been in a theater in years.

I have been checking out the reviews though. Freepers won’t be surprised to find out the MSM is trashing this movie. Simple political BS as usual. I got a kick out of the fact that Rotten Tomatoes (a popular movie site)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/
gives it a 3%, while audiences rate it at 86%. On Yahoo audiences give it a B+ while there are no critics ratings even listed. In fact Yahoo didn’t even list the movie’s opening.


36 posted on 04/15/2011 2:19:59 PM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: Graneros

Go see it at the theater, you’ll be with like-minded folks and the more ticket sales they get, the easier to make the second two parts, and the more the media can’t ignore it, and the more liberal heads that will explode...


37 posted on 04/15/2011 2:22:53 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: r-q-tek86
The script tried to cover too much and never delved deep enough into any one scene really set the plot into motion. Having read the book several times, I knew what was happening, but I fear that a newcomer will be lost and confused. The romance between Hank and Dagny didn’t get the chance to build as it did in the book and seemed much to casual on screen.

I saw the 11:15 am Tempe "premiere".

Not having read the book in years, I may have a different vantage point. I thought the Dagny/Hank romance developed in a very believable and logical way. It was not a Fountainhead-style love-at-first-sight-fantasy-rape-scene. Their love was an inevitable consequence of their shared values. The parts involving the Rearden Metal bracelet were delicious.

38 posted on 04/15/2011 2:24:22 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: RobFromGa
I thought The romance between Hank and Dagny was one of the things that I think was easier to see on the screen as compared with Rand’s prose.

I'm not sure that the movie was able to capture the build up to their romance, but I agree that the looks they gave each other in the movie said a lot of what Ayn spent a couple hundred pages telling us.

I may be a little harsh since I've picked up the book again recently. Having it so fresh in my mind makes me more critical of what they left out of the movie. I intended to just read part one to be prepared for the movie, but couldn't stop. I'm about 850 pages in now.

39 posted on 04/15/2011 2:25:17 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: AZLiberty
The parts involving the Rearden Metal bracelet were delicious.

Agreed. Lillian was played very well.

40 posted on 04/15/2011 2:27:43 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: RobFromGa

I attended the morning showing in Anaheim. Very good turnout for that time of day - probably 75% full.

My judgement is that thematically it is near perfect. Ayn Rand would be proud. It delivered her message to my wife who has not read the book and who walked out of the theater wondering when we will get to see Parts 2 and 3.

For me it was really an emotional experience. I know the story, we all do. The question was - would the story we know and love actually be told.

Trust me, it was told and told well.


41 posted on 04/15/2011 2:29:14 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: OldNavyVet

I didn’t know they were doing it in 3 parts. Glad to hear they are.


42 posted on 04/15/2011 2:30:46 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: RobFromGa
Minor nitpick- shouldn't have had the date 2016 on the movie, it is timeless.

I thought the date choice was brilliant: far enough out to separate it from current politics, near enough to make it a credible projection of current trends. The airline industry has been destroyed by high fuel prices ($37.50/gallon), so the crumbling railroad system is the only viable means of commercial transportation. A few valiant industrialists strive to keep the railroads running despite the predations of the government and other moochers.

43 posted on 04/15/2011 2:31:37 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: RobFromGa

Worth the listen...older movie clip...The “defense” speaks out...came across this while looking up trailer to “Atlas Shrugged”. When he finishes his defense one feels mighty good about themselves and is reminded of the wonder of ‘independant thinking’ and what that brings us...as opposed to the “collective” being shoved down out throats now as is now done in our country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc7oZ9yWqO4&feature=related


44 posted on 04/15/2011 2:33:05 PM PDT by caww
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To: Retired Greyhound

A new bumper sticker;

“How was John Galt?”


45 posted on 04/15/2011 2:34:40 PM PDT by jessduntno (http://www.youtube.com/user/peptopro17)
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To: r-q-tek86

“In sumation[sic], I would give the movie two stars out of five.”

Ouch, 2stars out of 5 doesn’t bode well. I thank you though for an honest review. I will of course see the movie anyway. I want this to be a great movie but frankly I am skeptical. I can see this would be a hard movie to pull off in this day and age. I wish they would have put it in it’s original setting instead of attempting to modernize it.


46 posted on 04/15/2011 2:35:09 PM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: All

If you liked it, maybe go rate it on imdb.com.


47 posted on 04/15/2011 2:36:38 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: fwdude

Go see The King’s Speech after Atlas...it is not crap, it is superb.


48 posted on 04/15/2011 2:37:50 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: RobFromGa

I don’t know who John Galt was, but Mrs. AZLiberty thinks his voice was of Clint Eastwood quality.


49 posted on 04/15/2011 2:38:52 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: AZLiberty

“I thought the date choice was brilliant”

The other significance of 2016 IMHO is that it accurately forecasts where we’ll be if we re-elect Obama.


50 posted on 04/15/2011 2:47:13 PM PDT by DrC
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