Atlas Shrugged: Part I
is the first of an expected trilogy of films covering Ayn Rand
's book Atlas Shrugged
. It was released on April 15, 2011. The film was panned critically and was a flop financially
.Atlas Shrugged: Part II
was shot with a completely new cast, and opened on October 12, 2012. The film got an even worse critical reception
, and did more poorly at the box office.
For those of you still trying to avoid reading the Doorstopper
of a book by watching the movies despite the quality, rejoice: Atlas Shrugged Part III - Yes, There Are Enough Rich Conservatives To Bankroll This Turkey
- is due out in July of 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.
- Doing It for the Art: Look above you at the critical reception of the film. It's obviously not being done for big bucks. It's for fans and would-be fans of Ayn Rand. Conservative radio host Jack Hunter summed it up with this remark: "Objectively, it is a mediocre movie at best. Subjectively, it is one of the best mediocre movies you’ll ever see"
- Executive Meddling: the first film flops and they continue on but with an entirely new cast? Someone has a personal interest in this.
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- 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.
- Not Screened For Critics: The second film wasn't screened for critics, instead it was shown for the conservative Heritage Foundation and libertarian Cato Institute. Producer John Aglialaro claimed it was because professional movie critics had dubious integrity. Then the film actually came out and managed to do even worse than its predecessor did even without critics giving it early bad reviews.
- The Other Darrin: The entire cast was replaced for the second film.
- 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.
- Who Are You?: Midas Mulligan's last words before he vanishes.