VIDEO: Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)

Mr. Mendo brings you a blast from the past with this follow-up to his final review from his army days! Check it out if you wanna be ready for the final film of the trilogy, out later this year!

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Taxi Driver homage!

  • Muthsarah

    Well…..Mr. Mendo….getting to know whole new sides of you…all the time. I had no idea you were part plumber.

    Fantastic* cutaways this vid.

    K….random reference there at the end. Building to something? Strange way to announce your Patreon campaign (I mean, everyone else has one now).

    P.S. Another Oingo Boingo reference. I mentioned, like years ago, that you introduced me to them through a video LONG ago. So…bonus points. Is yours.

    P.P.S. When is Questions gonna make a cameo? We’re still waiting for irrefutable proof.

    * – I hereby cede “fantabulous” back to you.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Hey, the best time to quote The Time is all the time!

      She’s been busy with finals, lately…

  • John Wilson

    I think its kind of funny that this is up the same time as Sofie “Who is Superman” video

    In a odd case of foresight(this is because of a connection I have with people I know). I got “Atlas shrugged” at the library a couple weeks ago. Well the ciff notes version ( i just took it back today). What the book was about made sense for the time. But I’m not sure if that is true because what the person explaining it didn’t really match the summary. I just hope the sequel goes super crazy and mess with people idea of the movie.

    I didn’t like “Bioshock infinite” either. So let Elizabeth sexiness clam you down

    NSFW

    http://a.pomf.se/3Tf1.jpg

    Pony verison

    http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–4Og792-x–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/192ohfhr6rkt7jpg.jpg

    Sub reddit (NSFW)
    http://www.reddit.com/r/bioshockporn#page=1

    🙂

    • MichaelANovelli

      It’s just…they wait until the second to last level and suddenly switch to a tower defense mini-game, which is just about impossible even if you switch to Easy mode. I’ve been stuck on it for, like, two weeks now…

      • John Wilson

        That what you were talking about on twitter. I though you were talking about a random flash game. Also the NSFW pic is visible without clicking it 🙂

      • John Wilson

        I had more of a problem with the game play and story.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, I get why it wasn’t as linear as the first Bioshock. The first game was using that to subtly tip you off that you were actually a mindless automaton with no free will. It was the changing around of the buttons that’s kept me from truly finding my groove. Also, if you’re gonna put melee attacks in your shooter, I’m sorry, but auto-targeting wouldn’t kill you…

        • KLLRFRST

          I loved the first 2 Bioshocks, but Infinite’s seemly endless waves of enemies from all sides is frustrating, to say the least.

          Bioshock 1 & 2’s challenge came from enemies setting traps and trying to out maneuver you. Infinite basically sends waves of mooks shooting at you from all sides with little to no strategy involved.

      • It’s not difficult once you know what to do. There are three types of enemies on the last level, basic minions who can just be zapped and headshotted, the guys with rocket and grenade launchers on the balconies who can be knocked back off the airship with undertow and the patriots, who you just sky-hook behind and shoot them in the gears.

        • MichaelANovelli

          It certainly sounds simple: take out three white blimps and kill everyone on deck. But, for whatever reason, I can’t make it work. Oh well. I’m taking a break from Bioshock and playing Lollipop Chainsaw! After the frustration of the Command Deck, killing zombies with carpentry tools is very cathartic! ^_^

    • Muthsarah

      Well….while we’re posting random, graphic, $#!+, Mr Mendo, what think you of the following:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_1735291665&feature=iv&src_vid=gT4lhERDZ8s&v=q4iDnsS6wBY

      I have no idea whatsoever why I decided to post this here. Maybe just tryin’ to classy up the joint. Oh, it’s political. Like this movie. Yeah. That’s clearly why.

      • MichaelANovelli

        I love it!

        After all, what’s a little smut between friends?

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    as someone who studies economic history this movie makes me want to bash my head against a wall

    • MichaelANovelli

      I know. Hell, I only have a semester of macro, and even I caught them on their bullshit!

  • KLLRFRST

    It’s ironic that Part III was funded by Kickstarter, since Ayn Rand was all about “charity is for pussies”. Of course, the idiots behind these suckfests was aware of that, and tried to spin this into some kind of “hahah! we trolled you libby libs!”, as if betraying your principles for a quick buck had any effect on liberals and wasn’t just the conservative movement behaving as usual.

    Remember kids – when a widowed mother of 2 kids is working 2 full time jobs and has to resort to food stamps to feed her kids, she’s a parasite, but when a billion dollar company takes subsidies from the government, they’re job creators!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, it can only go downhill from here…

    • madmanoreo

      The kickstarter thing was probably more of a publicity stunt to get attention for their movie as far as I can tell, I mean who here actually noticed when part 2 came out and people laughing at the irony of it is still getting it attention.

      • KLLRFRST

        Yeah, it smelled of a publicity stunt. I mean, they already had $10 million ponied up for the budget, so e-begging for $50,000 seems kind of unnecessary.

        • MichaelANovelli

          So, who exactly keeps giving these people money?

          • KLLRFRST

            Most likely Randroids in the Paul Ryan mold, who basically see her as the second coming of Jesus and fapped while reading The Fountainhead and Anthem.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, The Fountainhead, at least, had a half-way decent story buried under all the silliness…

      • MichaelANovelli

        Well, as I recall, the first two films were released on Tax Day and Election Day, respectively. Because, clearly, going to see a movie based on sixty year old right-wing spank material was a MUCH higher priority on those days…

    • seiler88

      Well if she is working 2 FULL TIME (did you mean part-time?) jobs then something is not adding up.

      As for the company, that’s called CHEATING!

      • KLLRFRST

        No, I meant full time. I’ve know a lot of people in that exact situation, and even with 2 jobs, making every dollar count, and food stamps, still barely manage to make it through to the end of the month.

      • MichaelANovelli

        I dunno. Five to three, three to eleven, it’s possible if she uses her breaks to pick up/drop off her kids, I guess…

  • Zorha

    Way to keep it lively Mendo. All you needed was ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and that training montage would have been classy.

    At first I asked myself why it took almost two years for you to suffer through the second half of this cinematic Ebola. Then, I realized a lesser mortal probably would have jabbed the fast forward on the remote. Or just set it on fire and walked away. Just watching your review made me want to reassociate with the taste of gun oil.

    Anyone else chuckle at the Taggart Tunnel scene? Yeah movie. I know. I know …

    • MichaelANovelli

      Oh, it gets worse. You see, right under Atlas Shrugged 2 in my DVD collection…is American Psycho 2…

  • madmanoreo

    So was I the only one that expected one of those “this is what exceptionlists actually believe” subtitles from South Park to show up on screen during the “directive number *mumblemumblemumble*” scene?

    • MichaelANovelli

      I just couldn’t get over that whole “gift certificate” thing. I was like, “Is America a Chili’s?”

  • Cheshire Cat

    This movie, and its predecessor, were not made by true conservatives. Nor was it made for true conservatives. It is a movie made by extremists ( yes, even the right has them ), for extremists. I do not believe in entitlement for the rich. I am not rich. I work for my wages. I even needed government assistance for a short while. I am conservative. And you know what? I enjoy this website, though run and frequented by those with a liberal bent. I do not judge, so why do I see such judgement so often here? Well, I also believe in freedom of speech, so I choose to disagree with the so common ‘conservatives are evil’ bent of this site. But, I will also keep watching, because I love these reviews. Good work Mr Mendo.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, I can certainly appreciate that, especially since I’ve sort of been deemed “the conservative guy” on this site, if only because I’m pretty much the only staffer who’s opposed to gun control.

      When it comes to people expressing politics through art, even if its politics I agree with, I will always take issue if the person doing it obviously has no idea what they’re talking about. I would have ripped these films a new one if Ayn Rand had been a hardcore socialist, like me, simply because even without all the baggage, these films are total dogshit. ^_^

    • $36060516

      This website isn’t about politics and I doubt people come here based on any political affiliation.

      As you say, websites which conservatives find hostile to their values are “so common.” Maybe there are fewer conservatives than conservatives seem to think.

      • Gallen_Dugall

        or maybe one side is especially intolerant – volume don’t not indicate quantity

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, look on the bright side: this political debate is fairly mild compared to what the last video sparked. So many Randroids!

  • danbreunig

    Kind of an ambiguous ending there. So you guys are doing story arcs now?

    Yeh, that’s all I wanted to say here.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, there is a certain big crossover coming…

      • danbreunig

        So big as to severely injure me from the sheer recoil? Say, someone’s anniversary?

        • MichaelANovelli

          You’ll just have to wait and see!

          • danbreunig

            Anticipation floods my insides.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Better your insides than your undercarriage, I guess…

  • Animikean

    Laura Palmer’s Dad, and the Devil buhm-buhm-buhm (on Reaper)
    but they probably gave him the part for being the Vice President on 24

    • MichaelANovelli

      Also, he was on HIMYM for a while. Heck, with Agent Cooper as The Captain, that show was practically a Twin Peaks reunion!

  • Wait, Atlas holds up the sky, not the world.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, but most statues of him show him holding up a globe. Personally, I’m more fond the of the three elephants on the back of a turtle visual…

  • $36060516

    Great sustained critical attack on a silly movie. Also impressed by your military push-up skills.

    • MichaelANovelli

      The irony of it is that I actually can’t do regular push-ups anymore. Bad leg, you know. But, elevated push-ups work just fine for some reason…

      • $36060516

        Ouch. Didn’t know about the leg. Too much kicking ass?

        • MichaelANovelli

          Sure. We’ll go with that. ^_^

  • MichaelANovelli

    Since no one else from Team AB has chimed in on this, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve finally found a film they’re all too scared to confront! I’ll keep that in mind next time I want privacy at MAGFest! ^_^

  • seiler88

    After rewatching this video and reading the comments I think we need a refresher course of terms. Now don’t get me wrong I think most of the points are valid but you use the wrong words to convey your points.

    First, Ayn Rand was an Objectivist, that is not the same as a conservative. All it means to be a conservative is that you want a limited (and generally smaller) government. It is also not the same as being a capitalist. Capitalism is just a method of managing resorces, and yes I do think it is the best system out there AT THE MOMENT. I am only anti- communist because humankind doesn’t have the ability to make it work right now.

    Second, Rand was an idiot. Just look at that experimental generator, if that thing becomes operational then they would overcome what is probably the biggest barrier to a working communist society. The other thing you need is something like the replicators from Star Trek and with unlimited energy that would probably be relitively simple to make. In fact I think Galt abandoned that project because he realized that if he finished it would spell the end of his philosophy.

    Finally, don’t compare that steel tycoon to Madov. It demonstrates ignorance of both economics and law. Madov was involved in what are called “financial products” (yes these are real things). Short version: these are extremely high risk investments; they are legal if run properly; this is difficult; don’t touch them with a ten foot rusty halberd.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I get all that, but Rand was, by her own standards, very much a conservative. A fiscal conservative, at least. Many modern Objectivists either downplay or memory hole the more socially liberal lifestyle choices. It’s worth remembering, though, that Rand was very hypocritical about other people making the same decisions that she did, and threw a lot of mean comments towards people who failed to live monogamously, even though she carried on an affair with a married man for over twenty years. And, while capitalism may not have been an explicit tenet of the Objectivist philosophy, it was very heavily implied. Rand was ALL about capitalism after her wealthy family was bankrupted by the Soviet Union.

      I wasn’t comparing Reardon to Bernie Madoff in any logistical sense. Reardon’s entire legal defense was basically, “I’m rich, so you can’t tell me what to do!” I merely pointed out that, in the aftermath of people like Madoff wrecking the economy, that there was no way a reasonable audience member could root for him after that.

  • Arakasi_99

    I was waiting for John Galt to continue with: “So if you just make your first medical services payment, we’ll get a doctor to come out right away and check you out. That will be $892. Gold only please. We don’t use that government Monopoly money here

    • MichaelANovelli

      What I wanna know is how people in Galt’s Gulch pay for anything without their ATM cards…

  • Sean

    Seeing Teller talk is just wrong.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, it kinda is…

  • Hope you review the final part of the trilogy, dude! I mean, it’s not like I want to actually WATCH it.

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