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Atlas Shrugged Part 1 [Import]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential and best-selling books of all-time. It is also one of the longest.

This movie covers the first third of the novel and does an acceptable job of condensing lots of material into a short amount of time. The cinematography is excellent and the acting is good. Please be aware that this is not meant to be a frivolous movie with shallow characters and meaningless dialogue. The main characters love to work hard and create. They respect other people that are productive and passionate about what they do. They don't waste a lot of time with small talk and empty pleasantries. This may cause some viewers to feel that the conversations in this movie are flat because we have been trained as movie-viewers to expect one-liners, sarcasm, and a lot of idle chit-chat.

Overall, I really like how they portrayed the main character Dagny Taggart. She is driven and results-oriented but not masculine or overly aggressive. She is actually quite soft-spoken and calm in demeanor. She treats others with respect and although she clearly has self-respect and self-confidence she is not arrogant. What a contrast with how Hollywood portrays other executives (especially female executives) such as in the "Devil Wears Prada", "The Proposal", "Wall Street", etc.

Atlas Shrugged is about the importance of individual liberty and how increasing governmental intrusion into our lives restricts our personal freedoms and decreases the overall prosperity of a nation. Taxes and regulations are obstacles to innovation and entrepreneurship--they take all the fun out of creating new businesses and are the cause of many business failures. (How many great ideas have died because of bureaucratical red tape?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good adaptation May 18 2012
By M. Bailin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Like others, I've worn out heaven knows how many copies of the paperback novel, and often wondered how it would fare as a movie -- in the commentary, even the producers commented that prior to filming, it was the only epic novel that had never made it to the screen.

And they did a marvelous job, allowing for having to considerably compress the chronology of the story and to work around a major chunk of Rand's book being expository. Part 1 covers from the beginning to the igniting of "Wyatt's Torch", and does take some artistic liberties with the story-line ... in particular, it's not till much later in the book that the nature of the strike, and the fact that John Galt is a real character, are revealed.

My only gripe is with casting ... Matthew Marsden as James Taggart seemed horribly miscast. In the book he's, IIRC, a fair bit older than sister Dagny and a fairly strong, if relatively unprincipled, industry exec. In the film he comes across as not only acting wimpy and whiny, but even looks younger than Dagny. I understand that the *entire* cast was replaced for Part 2, due out later this year, and it'll be interesting to see how that changes things.

The maiden trip of the super-train, the first to run on Rearden Metal rails (and over an impressive-looking bridge of the same material) was one of the high points of the book, and is paid proper homage in the cinematography, as at least one other reviewer had noted.

Regardless of your socio-polico-economic leanings, this is a great film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Dec 13 2012
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A good start to the trilogy. I'm really looking forward to parts two and three. Who is John Galt ?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neither left nor right: Brilliant! Jan. 9 2012
By xxxx
Ayn Rand's masterpiece is often hijacked by the right and boycotted by the left. This brilliantly acted and beautiful film shows the closed mindedness and machinations of the powerful in a modern setting while remaining true to the spirit of the original text. The pace is perfect, the costumes and sets eye-catching, and the story gripping. An absolute joy to watch. I can't wait for parts two and three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Dec 5 2012
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I thought the Part 1 of the movie to be very good.The only problem was with the comentary on the pictujre freezes.
The movie itself played ok.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged Dec 11 2011
By Roger
I've read Atlas Shrugged, cover to cover, so many times, I've lost count. Many of my own Rules for Living, attitudes and guidance have come from reading this book. I never thought they would ever make a movie on Atlas Shrugged, due to it's length and Political Incorrect Ideas. I thought it would of made an excellent Mini-Series like Roots and Shogun, but doing the 3 Parts of the Book in 3 different movies was something I would never had guessed. Book 1 was very, very well done. It followed the Book quite closely, but if you haven't read the Book, a lot of the Movie might not make a lot of sense. I feel too much was left out. I liked all the intricate details of the Book. I feel the Movie should of had the scenes of Eddie Willers talking with (then unknown) John Galt in the Terminals Cafeteria. Francisco's background should of been explored, especially how he grew up with Dagny. I am still pleased with the Movie. Although I don't like the rumor that all the Leading Characters in Atlas Shrugged 1 will be replaced in Atlas Shrugged 2 & 3, I find I can't wait to see the rest of the Book come to the Big Screen. Even with all the things about the Movie that I thought were left out, I still rate this Movie 5 out of 5.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Borderline chick flick.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Rankin
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you mean you didn't know this film is out?
You're going to have to read the book if you really want to know what this film is all about. There is no way to recap the story or the philosophy behind it in the short review. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short for a complete picture
I've read the book a couple of times and totally love it - still, and will read it again at some point. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathleen G. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Not as good as the book, but my wife and I enjoyed it. I would also recommend it to others.
Published 15 months ago by Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars The author was ahead of her time
A sharp lesson on how Government destroys anything in its path on a march towards socialism. Well acted and very clear why it was shunned by Hollywood. Read more
Published 17 months ago by peterj
4.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged Part 1
Only a crazy Ayn Rand fan would probably order this. Acting was just OK but I will probably order Part II because the book is my all time favourite. Read it 3 times! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Charlene Morneau
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This movie was way better than expected! Production, script, performances, all very well done. I was expecting a "made for TV" style move, filled with not so thinly veiled... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Demonsthenes
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Atlas Shrugged 2.
I haven't read the book so I can't compare, however, I found the part 1 movie interesting and want to see it's sequel which came to theaters, but I'll wait for it's release on DVD. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Maresch
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book... horrible movie
Having read and enjoyed the book, I was very much looking forward to watching this movie. Unfortunately, I am never going to get those 97 minutes back. Read more
Published 24 months ago by jc
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