Film: Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged is the first of a trilogy of films covering Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged. It was released on April 15, 2011.

Atlas Shrugged II was shot with a completely new cast and half of the first film's $20 million budget, and opened on October 12, 2012.

Atlas Shrugged III was again shot with a new cast and half of its predecessor's $10 million budget and opened on September 12, 2014.

These films provide examples of:

  • Big "NO!": Dagny, after seeing Wyatt's oil fields in flame beyond a sign reading, "I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It's yours."
  • Casting Gag: One of Dagny's enemies is played the actor who was both Quark, an alien whose "Hat" is greed and business prowess, and Andrew Ryan, a parody of Ayn Rand.
  • The Cameo: Teller, Sean Hannity, Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, and Tamara Holder make brief appearances in Part II.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Subverted. Eddie calls Dagny and tells her to turn on the TV for a report on a train wreck, but the first channel she turns to is just giving the stock report.
  • California Doubling: One of the great things about this movie's depiction of Wisconsin and its sequel's depiction of Woodstock, NY and Pittsburgh, PA is how they look NOTHING at all like Southern California.
  • Days of Future Past: Hinted at in the first film, where it's stated that the decline of automobile and commercial airlines have led to a resurgence in train travel. Then there's the fact that characters often get their news from the paper, despite the fact that one would think that papers would go down even faster in a modern depression...
  • In Medias Res: Part II opens with Dagny chasing Quentin Daniels in her plane and then spends most of the remainder of the movie showing how things got there.
  • The Mountains of Illinois: Or rather the lack of hills at Pittsburgh Municipal Airport in II.
  • Schizo Tech: Set in 2016, trains reign supreme due to Galt's plan exacerbating the 2011 economic troubles, resulting in oil shortages.
  • Sequel Hook: Invoked, as it's supposed to be a trilogy of films.
  • Undermined by Reality: A story about how the markets will inevitably select the most skilled and deserving people to succeed flopped horribly in all three parts. Plus, the crew had to resort to Kickstarter to raise money for the third film, when asking others for help is a big no-no in Objectivism. There is a difference between a loan, a bailout and charity. Which one the films fall under is the reason this example is here.
  • Who Are You?: Midas Mulligan's last words before he vanishes.