Skip to comments.***"Atlas Shrugged" An Honest Freeper Review***
Posted on 04/17/2011 3:02:59 AM PDT by The Wizard
There were only adults in the theater where I saw this film.....that by itself should tell you a lot.....serious folks who get the message and will come out to see things that tell the truth.
This movie will help Sarah, because it shows what a strong woman can do (railroad magnate Dagny Taggart in this film..just like "Secretariat" and Miss Penny) our heroine in "Atlas Shrugged" is a woman who will not be pushed around by men in the old boy's club....
And she is not afraid of men or against men, she is against being told to "shut up and sit down".....now to the film:
EVERYONE in America needs to see this film, because it shows frankly how the media, government, (who clearly is the villain, among others it works with and for) and those in the private sector, who are their friends (portrayed by a young George Soros type) work against everything America holds dear, and it shows how they conspire together, with each group doing it's part to hold on to their collective power...make no mistake, it isn't just government, that is just the tool they use, (like the EPA, FCC, etc.) to do their bidding while a compliant media assists in keeping the people uninformed whenever needed....
They care not for innovation, progress and the better life for all Americans and by extension the world....they care about their fiefdom and their power exclusively......
Because this is part 1 of three, we do not get the satisfaction of seeing of the wrongs being righted; but rest assured my good Freeper friends: If Sarah Palin isn't elected, you will have no need for parts 2 and 3, because you will have seen where we are, and where they are going to keep us.........
And the poor ignorant people who don’t know anything but “American Idol” and the rest of the crap TV tells them is important, are being sheared like the sheep they are.....
We could be riding around in cars getting 100 MPG, and not even using fossil fuels, but those in power try to keep the innovations away from us....and they must be turned out
I have not been able to find locations where this is playing...anyone have a link?
I loved the movie. But I have no respect for gender identity politics, I think it’s idiotic, I.e. “Mama Grizzlies” vs. “male” candidates.
I would vote for Sarah.
Unlike an *adult* who might romp around in a public park clad in a witches costume and proclaim the virtues of wife-swapping.
Check on IMDB.com
This isn’t about gender politics: the lead in the movie was a woman; Sarah Palin is the only choice and happens to be a woman....
And I AM voting for her
What planet are you on? Government Motor is giving the public the Volt.
If she gets the nomination, I will vote for her. That’s the only “if.”
.....your ignorance is showing....swap your own wife, please....when you make comments like these, you only prove my point...
I will not respond to another thing you write, but I will explain for the un-educated that the reason I did dress as a wizard was to stand out in a city of 8 million people, and not allow them to say I was a long haired hippy communist, pinko, fag, which was what happened in the 1970’s....and do you have any idea what a cross it is to bear to be that different, and that visible....you must be a white guy......any minority could tell you what it’s like....but this was of my own choosing, and it accomplished everything it was supposed to....
To this day even Glenn Beck doesn’t get what happened in Woodstock.....he thinks everyone that was there was a dirt bag, but he is wrong.....he wasn’t there.....many, many hippies of the period were very engaged in changing the world, WHICH THEY DID....Woodstock was a vacation from the war.....but there were those who hid in the crowd and used it as a cover to build bombs and kill people....
enough, post what you like, you are no longer a part of of my life...
Yeah, I just saw something about a Volt burning down somebody’s garage last night?
I see someone gave you a link, but FWIW I notice in our small city (SW MO) it’s only in one theater. I heard it’s only in 300 or so theaters around the country.
On Rotten Tomatos the reviews are completely opposite of the audience. Critics - 10% fresh Audience - 85% fresh. This movie is doing great considering the $10 million dollar budget and every hurdle thrown at them.
If this was some artzy fartzy or semi-pornographic exploration of the dark side of humanity it would be hailed as the rising star of the weekend and the box office surprise of the year. Instead, we will just hear sniping and griping. And those who see it will still enjoy it just the same.
If you think I am kidding, the critics are howling about how suprising "The Conspirator" was this weekend because it "did so well" in limited release at $1,542/screen. Uh.. guys.. did you miss something????
Yes, but unfortunately they did NOT improve it. Far from it. They helped it spiral downward into a marxist hellhole from which we have to rescue it.
Thanks for that. /s
“But I have no respect for gender identity politics...”
It would be nice is candidates, both male and female, were treated the same. I guess they do in a “perfect world” and we are far from perfect. As long as women are slammed for being too pretty, or too plain, too thin, too fat and then their parenting skills are questioned (remember when Sarah Palin was slammed by the media for wanting to be VP and that would hurt her children?)... then gender identity politics needs to be discussed. IMHO
You bring up another thing almost as bad as gender politics...the politics of “victimhood.”
I.e., poor women, just can’t get a break in the “good old boy” world.
Please. It’s a load of crap. Oprah should complain.
Mrs. JohnnyP won’t tolerate any cussing, especially taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Is this a movie we can watch together? I read the book last year. It went in the trash can after I finished it.
But, that's the point. It was the media -- not the electorate. Gender identity politics is as disgusting as racial identity politics. It's the media that we must discuss.
And I hate the "mama grizzly" crap, too (yesterday it was "fight like a girl"). There's a thin line between encouraging (will.not.say.empowering) women and belittling men. Sarah's not a man-basher like liberal feminists, but she should leave her battle-of-the-sexes baloney behind.
It's in 300 theaters, versus the 3000+ theaters that movies in wide release generally open in. Box Office Mojo reports it getting $2,277 per screen, which is pretty good (the current #1, Rio, is doing $2,666 per screen, but on 3,826 screens).
If Atlas' numbers are sustained through the end of the weekend, then it will likely be in wide release next week. This is why all Freepers should go see it this weekend.
Besides, its a great movie (saw it yesterday).
The language was okay, but something I noticed in the film that was not a feature in the book was the drinking. No one gets drunk, but it seems that in nearly every scene the characters are sipping wine or a highball. This was the only departure from the book that I noticed, and I wondered why the director chose to highlight this.
I have not had a chance to see the movie yet, but I wonder if the director chose to de-emphasize smoking and instead emphasize drinking? If I recall correctly, Rand included a lot of smoking in her novels. Can’t have that nowadays.
I read the Foutainhead, We the Living, Anthem, Atlas Shrugs all in the 60’s many years ago. Set my path for life. I will never forget Ayn Rand. Too many expected her to be perfect. She wasn’t but had great ideas just the same.
Thanks,hope its around a while i will have to catch it either in Savannah or Wilmington.
Stupid hippies ruined a lot of young lives in the 60’s including nearly mine.
May they (hippies) rot in hell after living their hell on earth.
Excellent — I’ve got a theater nearby. I might go see it today.
I saw it Friday night in downtown Birmingham, Michigan in Oakland county. Oakland county used to be one of the wealthier counties in the U.S.A. Birmingham is still one of the most affluent cities in Michigan. Lots of wealthy job creators/producers live there. (Lots of General Motors/auto company managers...oh, the irony) There was applause at the opening and applause at the end. It was good.
In the enjoyment of life, liberty and the pursuit of your dreams it may be necessary to take the time to pursue and and destroy totalitiarians. On the other hand (the choices of fight or flight), you can go Galt. What if there is no Galts Gulch to retreat to?
The message of Atlas Shrugged is such that it should especially appeal to young people, and since the text is so massively impenetrable at times, the motion picture was the perfect way to approach them. So I do not see this as good news.
I intend to see this movie.
If Sarah Palin isn't elected, you will have no need for parts 2 and 3, because you will have seen where we are, and where they are going to keep us.........
Palin's support of the Libya fiasco sealed the deal for me - I will not support her or vote for her if she seeks the GOP nomination for prez. Her knee-jerk reaction to any international situation seems to be "bomb, attack, invade!"
She appeared to have a very good record as a mayor and governor, but the use of the military should be the option of last resort and should be clearly in the nation's best interests, and Libya, like Iraq and the occupation of Afghanistan, does not meet that criteria.
If you threw the book in the trash you won’t like the movie. Save your money and see the next family friendly Disney flick.
“”but it seems that in nearly every scene the characters are sipping wine or a highball””
That only happened at a meal or at a party - nearly every scene???
When you go, please examine the ticket to ensure that Atlas Shrugged actually gets the credit and money for your attendance. When The Passion was out several years ago, funds got diverted to other movies by theater employees that wanted to damage the results for their own personal reasons.
I noticed no cursing, only one small scene of suggested intimacy done very tastefully.....easily a family show, great for young ladies, but check it yourself first.
I have to be honest....today’s kids are raised on American Idol and don’t think about anything but the opposite sex....they are groomed to be shallow and thoughtless unless they have good parents......
Every ad that appears is based on getting the girl/guy and in such a culture it is not surprising that the theater only had adults, though fortunately some of them younger....
I have people I think of as friends that regularly watch the networks......how can you expect them to care about the evil this communist group of unions and democrats is doing to our country
If the seniors don’t save us, the kids will not know what happened to them.....
IMHO Sarah Palin is our only hope for President.
What I remember was, what was known as, the “Jesus Freaks”
It was a Counter - Counter movement
for example the Broadway play Godspell
was a much gentler answer to Jesus Christ, Superstar and Tommy
Yes, people had long hair and funny clothes, but
No Drugs, No Alcohol, No “Free Love”
It was an Honorable Answer, in Difficult Times
Yes, I remember Woodstock, I also remember
KKK Lynchings, Race Riots, White and Colored Bathrooms
Lester Maddox chasing Blacks out of
his Restaurant with an Ax Handle
I viewed Woodstock as a microcosm of the times
It was many things at once, like people,
Evil and Good, Honorable and Corrupt
Most took out of it what they brought in; Themselves
It would not be Wise to Judge the
Costume one wore to the Party
It would be an error to forget those who could not be there
because of a very difficult Service to their Country
those who Served Honorably, Responding to a Draft
those who Died, or were Missing in Action
those who were Spit on and Reviled,
just when their need for Healing was Greatest
Forgetting would be worse.
If Palin’s the hope, you’ve got Obama for four more. And the entire point of addressing the Hollywood issue is that there has to be a way to make the conservative, independent message appealing to kids. They are after all rebellious by nature. It shouldn’t be hard. That’s why my little film company is focused on doing.
the hippies didn’t almost ruin your life, YOU did.....take responsibility for your choices....
Hippies were just a part of the response of freedom brought on by the Beatles impact on culture....If you were there and honest, you would admit that you enjoyed what you did, and if you were led astray, you went willingly....
Now is the time to release the guilt, accept forgiveness from yourself and the Lord, and do the right thing for the future of this great and generous land.....personal responsibility and individualism can be great strengths for America....
end of commercial....I’m just being realistic.....am I supposed to lie to make you happy.....there were no kids in the theater.
You are right about this. Thanks for remembering.
Can you Imagine the DVD and Blu-ray sales for this movie? I normally buy ZERO per year. For Part 1 I expect to buy as many as 10 and give them away to friends and relatives.
The DVD sales for Atlas Shrugged will be huge.
Isn't this the conundrum we face in a nutshell? Young people today are bombarded by messages that reek of shallowness and thoughtlessness, and so become that. Liberalism is a natural fit to that, conservatism isn't. If it's a choice between easy love and tough love, you know what most people are going to choose.
Poster LS suggests that we try a different package for a different message and there is merit in that, but even in a more attractive package, it is still a tough sell. At its heart, the conservative message is that it is up to the individual to achieve success on his/her own, and work hard to get there. While many may say they are in for that, my sense is the average voter really isn't, in their heart of hearts. So when some smooth-talking teleprompter-reading liberal shyster comes along (remind you of anyone?), they'll buy into that fraud heart and soul. Which makes any turnaround even harder.
Sorry to sound pessimistic, but I have been following politics for the majority of my sixty-something years on this Earth, and I really have sensed a fundamental shift in the sentiment of the electorate, probably going back to when we voted out a decent man in George H. W. Bush for a liar and fraud and reprobate in the persona of Bill Clinton. As with alcoholics, sometimes you have to hit bottom before you can climb back up. I don't think we've hit bottom. A majority of voters now look to "the government" for answers and solutions, never realizing that in fact "the government" is them.
Now we have become what we once hated and there is no where else to run to.
You are totally wasted. You say I went willingly to where the Hippies took me and many. I was 15 YEARS OLD jerk!
Go and get a clue about life and working for a living.
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I’m coming down on the Wizard’s side. Hippies never “ruined” anyone’s life, except sometimes their own. I was 15, 16, 17, etc. during that time and I’m grateful for nearly every experience I had back then. For one thing, being part of that era helped teach me the value of rebellion—and this is something that few young people ever learn these days.
You were doing great until you wrote this and lost me.
I don't want a vehicle that gets 100 MPG. The 15 MPG I get in my '01 Ford F150 SVT Lightning with its 450HP supercharged engine is perfect!
We have vast petroleum reserves, lets drill for it and refine it!
Be Ever Vigilant!
PS I've read Atlas Shrugged twice; great book!!