Atlas Shrugged

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Atlas Shrugged


Today I am a happy man. Today I saw the film version of Atlas Shrugged and it was wonderful and true to the book except that the setting of the movie is in 2016.

The director was able to make the time shift in such a way that he was able to create the vision of Ayn Rand despite the fact the she wrote about a much earlier time.

He was able to create a believable scenario that the audience was perfectly willing to accept the need for railroads.

The sets were tremendous and the visual and special effects were utterly believable. The scene when the John Galt Line is on its inaugural run and you begin to see the bridge built with Rearden Steel is visually so overpowering that I’m sure I was not the only one in the theater that choked up at the sight of this magnificent vision shown from all angles. The shots from above on as the train approached the bridge, then the shot from below and several other angles was a display of mans magnificent ability to achieve greatness.

The theater was filled mostly with people over thirty who probably all have read the book several times in their lives. I can only hope that a younger audience will develop for this film, yet I fear that since young people don’t know any other times then progressive liberalism, they will have difficulty in appreciating this great film.

Now to the casting; it was simply perfect. The lead actors in Atlas Shrugged Part I, Taylor Shilling as Dagny Taggart and Grant Bowler as Henry Rearden were as great in their performances and true to their characters as could ever be hoped for. All the actors were terrific in their roles.

My hat is off to the courageous Producer, John Aglialoro and Director Paul Johansson who also performs in the role of John Galt.

In Part I we never see John Galt’s face and he appears only in a few scenes, but he is true to the John Galt of the book.

We can only hope that everyone involved in Part I will also be a part of the two sequels. The actors are set in our minds now and should not change.

Yes, I freely admit to be an admirer of Atlas Shrugged the book and now I am an admirer of the movie and all that participated in the making of this film.

I wish we didn’t have to wait a year for part II and two years for part III.

Fred Speckmann

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