Film / Atlas Shrugged

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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."
  • The Cameo: Teller, Sean Hannity, Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, and Tamara Holder make brief appearances in Part II.
    • Hannity returns in Part III along with Glenn Beck and Ron Paul. For a totalitarian dictatorship, the film's United States is amazingly tolerant of dissenting media...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who Are You?: Midas Mulligan's last words before he vanishes.