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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?
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