'Atlas Shrugged' film is marvelous

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It's been more than 35 years since I read Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged while in college. On April 15, a movie based on the first third of the book was released to a limited screening with very little advertisement. The critics have largely panned it; the public that has viewed it praise it by an 85 percent "must see" rating on Fandango.

This follows the history of the novel itself and Rand's earlier novel The Fountainhead, neither of which received good reviews but succeeded largely by word-of-mouth endorsements from readers.

I didn't expect much of this low-budget ($10 million), hastily produced (six weeks) effort with no-name stars, but how wrong I was. It is an extraordinary work -- unlike any movie I have seen. It is an unabashed celebration of capitalism and the spirit of the individual.

Far from the monotonous diatribe that the critics saw, I viewed a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating work with excellent professional casting. Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart is superb. Compressing Rand's tome to a manageable movie script while capturing the essence of her work has been magnificently accomplished.

Will it play at the box office? Week one produced per-theater revenues of $5,608, second only to Rio and ahead of Robert Redford's much promoted The Conspirator at $5,500. Will success continue? I hope so. It has my two thumbs up, and I can't wait for Part Two!

Lee E. Wheatley

Evans

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wribbs
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wribbs 04/20/11 - 05:50 am
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Please tell me its playing in

Please tell me its playing in Augusta. I was going to take off work to go see it in Atlanta.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 04/20/11 - 06:31 am
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It is good to hear from

It is good to hear from someone who has seen it. I also read how the critics panned it but the viewers loved it. I hope it shows in Augusta as I really want to see it too.

Chillen
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Chillen 04/20/11 - 07:54 am
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It was fantastic. I wish it

It was fantastic. I wish it had ended though. Now I have to wait a whole year to see Part 2.

I swear the progressives in charge right now are following the evil side of the Ayn Rand play book. This is EXACTLY what is going on right now. It's scary.

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Riverman1 04/20/11 - 08:02 am
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Ayn Rand's thoughts won't be

Ayn Rand's thoughts won't be found in the Democratic Party platform.

skeptic griggsy
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skeptic griggsy 04/20/11 - 08:08 am
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Atlas opened his eyes,
Unpublished

Atlas opened his eyes, discovered his humanity, and discovered that altruism was in his self-interest- that helping others directly or indirectly wasn't slavery!He discovered that the Social Contract does indeed work for all, and that by the General Welfare Cause, Supreme Court-approved, the federal government has the duty to, with the Thirteenth Amendment to facilitate it, to tax us at progressive levels: to whom much is given, much due, which even that idiot Marx knew.
Rand,as Michael Shermer notes, contradicted herself with her advocacy of rationalism, because she developed a cult, disapproving of any followers who danced to a different tune. She and Leonard Peikoff have a closed system as though truth never enlarges, so that in their case as with the case of fundamentalists and others, they have the Truth for ever more!

Now, I embrace naturalism,rationalism and skepticism due to her. Reason led me to liberalism and to liberaltarianism.
Some liken her to Nietzsche, but no, Herbert Spencer is her guru! Together, they make for Spencer-Randism- economic Social Darwinism [ Darwin was no Spencer!].
Bleat and- weep!
carcraft, don't you, too, advocate " means-testing" for federal and other spending?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/20/11 - 08:16 am
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Helping others by giving up

Helping others by giving up your assets at the point of a gun is less than slavery; it's being a victim. While it may help me if I am surrounded by those who are happy, maybe it won't. I'd rather decide whom I want to make happy.

terminusmundi
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terminusmundi 04/20/11 - 12:10 pm
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"I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm

"I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.' 'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.' 'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Rapture."

We all know how that ended.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 04/20/11 - 12:58 pm
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Loved the book, havent had a

Loved the book, havent had a chance to see the movie. I liked Fountainhead also, Anthem is a good Rand beginner read.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/21/11 - 08:00 am
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It seems everyone likes the

It seems everyone likes the writings of a pro abortion atheist.

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