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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)
Michael A. Novelli
on Thursday, April 26, 2012
Mendo reviews the long-delayed movie adaption of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, now a Tea Partier's wet dream: It's 2016, the economy is in the crapper, and major figures of industry and finance (provided you believe a guy named "Midas Mulligan" can rise to a position of any prominence) begin to mysteriously disappear, going on strike to protest Big Government. Meanwhile, Dagny Taggart, VP of the country's most important railroad, and Hank Rearden, owner of the country's most important steel company join forces to save the economy and answer the burning question (and meme-before-memes-were-a-thing): Who is John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
“It’s safe to say that with its stilted acting, clumsy dialogue, and TV movie-level cinematography, Atlas Shrugged II is Objectively bad.”Timeline (2003)
“They join the battle alongside the French, all the while causing, presumably, numerous time paradoxes by blatantly messing with history. Or not. Timeline doesn’t really concern itself with such trivia.”Aeon Flux (2005)
“I guess they were going for the ‘making simple things as cryptic as possible’ motif of the series, not realizing that it didn’t really work all that well on the show, either.”Beowulf (2007)
“Beowulf plays like someone gave $150 million to a group of 13-year-old boys and let them run amuck.”Jack Reacher (2012)
“Cruise tackles the role of an action antihero well, even though at age fifty, he’s probably getting too old for this.”Strange Days (1995)
“It takes a lot of gall on the part of the filmmakers to reenact both the Rodney King beating and the Rodney King riots here. It’s embarrassingly heavy-handed in 2014; I can’t imagine how it played three years after the actual riots.”
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