Finally a movie comes along that sticks it to the ruling class that is deliberately and maliciously driving America into the ground. The message of the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1,200-page opus, Atlas Shrugged, is that the productive should be able to go about their business without being hindered by the nonproductive and the anti-productive mischief makers of government. It is a celebration of the many virtues of capitalism, a topic I editorialized about previously at NewsReal.
And it turns out it’s surprisingly good! I saw the movie Wednesday at a
special advance screening kindly provided by the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage
This is not to knock the feature-length film unduly, but given its subject
matter it’s amazing that it works as a movie. There is so much
information, so much political economy and philosophy, packed into so
little movie. The novel simply doesn’t translate easily to the silver
screen and yet the movie is a pleasure to watch.
If at times the dialogue seems a bit wooden, a bit unnatural, like in a soap
opera where the players are constantly referencing a large cast of characters
and a multitude of events outside the frame, it’s because the screenplay by John
Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O’Toole is more or less faithful to the complex,
The movie, directed by Paul Johansson, keeps moving forward relentlessly
without a mountain of distracting side plots. It has wonderful photography and
excellent production values.
In the various characters such as sleazeball lobbyist Wesley Mouch (played by
Michael Lerner) and twisted industrialist Orren Boyle (played by Jon Polito) you
can see characters from America’s real life, unstable, thoroughly corrupt mixed
economy. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and President Barack
Obama did not make an appearance in the movie. They didn’t need to be there
because the statist, left-wing ugliness they stand for was already well
represented in the dramatis personae.
It’s not going to win any Oscars for various reasons but it is definitely
worth seeing, especially if you care about America and want to reverse its
Just as they despise Ayn Rand’s philosophy of enlightened self-interest –and
yes, it is a philosophy even though academic snobs ridicule it— critics are
going to hate it. Socialist pseudo-intellectual Roger
Ebert will trash it.
My guess is alleged
conservative Michael Medved will put it down when he reviews it. I mean this
is a guy who thought the remake of The Omen was much better than the
original. The first flick had too many “first time director mistakes” in it, he
told me after giving a talk at the National Press Club a few years ago. Give me
But I digress.
The movie opens, appropriately, on April 15 – Tax Day. Go see it and give a
one-finger salute to the looters and parasites who run and influence government
and who got America into its current predicament.
And there are still two more parts to look forward to in this epic cinematic
(official movie website)
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