Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: October 28, 2011 (limited)
DVD: March 13, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 2.68
based on 52 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Graham Beckel, Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Michael Lerner, Daisy McCrackin


Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers.

She is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own. Rearden's super-strength metal alloy, Rearden Metal, holds the promise that innovation can overcome the slide into anarchy.

Using the untested Rearden Metal, they rebuild the critical Taggart rail line in Colorado and pave the way for oil titan Ellis Wyatt (Graham Beckel) to feed the flame of a new American Renaissance.

Hope rises again, when Dagny and Rearden discover the design of a revolutionary motor based on static electricity—in an abandoned engine factory—more proof to the sinister theory that the "men of the mind" (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are "on strike" and vanishing from society.

Director: Paul Johansson
Studio: Rocky Mountain Pictures
Producer(s): John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow
Screenplay: Brian Patrick O'Toole, John Aglialoro
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  • 5 stars "this is a very good story (unlike the many idiots commenting negatively on the book, i actually read atlas shrugged) and the movie is a reasonable enough reproduction of that book. as provides as much as can be expected at least, when you are talking about a thousand page book. so, no, it's not a 'philosophy for nitwits'. it is how the world works. it is about the complex relationship between men of government and private business. it is about entrepreneurialism. there are so many parts of the book that can be applicable to the unmitigated disaster of obama's presidency. for example, in the book, rearden owns a large estate and he lets a number of family members sponge off him without"
  • 1 star "it might possibly be duller and more ridiculous than the novel. a philosophy for nitwits."
  • 3 stars "It's so badly made and acted that it's hilarious to watch. It's an unintentional comedy based around political corruption and well...the movie will only make sense to those who have read the book, I would assume and can follow all this political jargen."