Go ask Ayn Rand. The promotional materials for Far Cry 3 have taught us that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. I believe that the line is: “you’re my forever.” I feel really bad for Hank Rearden because, man, what a raw deal. They have not been altered in any way. “The consensus of the best metallurgical authorities is highly skeptical!”, Most of the dialogue clunks like that. Press J to jump to the feed. He’s no longer played by a Star Trek character actor, which is terribly disappointing, but his slow moral turn from the previous film continues. Rearden is played by Grant Bowler, who looks and acts more like Daniel Craig’s James Bond than Daniel Craig does. IT WAS RIGHT THERE. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. What is Ferris’s job in the government? How does he relate to former villain Welsey Mouch? It’s that fucking on the nose. Atlas Shrugged Part III is garbage. They are described in dull voiceovers–the government continues its expansion of power, commodities become even scarcer, everyone is panicking as people tend to do when shit hits the fan–but nothing is ever shown. OK, fine, post the stupid flower. Starting with Part I, these films have gone from bad to worse to worst and I can’t even come up with a plausible explanation to anything that happens anymore. They are written in such a way that the most interesting events take place off-screen and are described by excessive narration, whereas the scenes that do occur on camera are generally overly talky and didactic. It got to the point where I couldn't find a reason to keep reading it. A cameo. She recites Galt’s pledge to live only for herself, then begins to plan a daring mission to save Galt from the government because irony is dead. Faulkner, Hemingway, and Ayn Rand.... my libertarian friends often admit openly that they don't read it for the prose (which is dogshit) but for the ideas. This is technology that has existed in every third world country for decades and all you have to do is look at any gritty CIA movie to show it. These are the last shots of the film. Dagny realizes that they don’t have Galt’s best interests at heart, so she decides to track him down first. “Atlas Shrugged” is an unvarnished appeal to selfishness. Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s fiscal brain, voted for TARP a few months before he phoned the Atlas Society to ask how this movie was coming along. I've heard, on the other hand, that The Fountainhead is more enjoyable and much better written book but I haven't read it so I cannot really say. Dagny, who is recognized as the only smart person left, is invited to participate but she walks off at the last minute. They also meet Dr. Hendricks, a relatively minor character in the book, who exists in the film to take jabs at Obamacare. Atlas Shrugged (the book) had a sonic death ray that was used to level entire cities and a psychological pain device that is specifically horrifying because it does not cause physical damage. Fortunately for John Galt, Dagny and her buddies are staging a dramatic rescue. The guards didn't know how to swing a baseball bat because they didn't believe in the free market enough. Members of Congress compared President Obama’s policies to the policies of the novel’s villains, a flabby crew of lobbyists and lazy businessmen. I don't really like objectivism because I refuse to submit to another's philosophy. The President thinks he can make a deal with Galt, but first they have to find him. Also read: ‘No Good Deed’ Review: Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson Don’t Embarrass Themselves or Their Studio in a Perfectly Serviceable Thriller. Galt is hauled away by Floyd Ferris and James Taggart, who for a railroad CEO has a bizarre amount of access into the internal working of the government. In the book, Dr. Hendricks went on strike because he was forced to treat patients who couldn’t pay; in the film, he all but uses the word “death panels” in describing how the government began dictating how he treated patients. It's pretty unfortunate that young people so often stop the swing of their pendulums at their furthest extent and never get over hating Rand's work. This may or may not be just me, however, it seems I've noticed this anti-Atlas Shrugged or Ayn Rand circlejerk. The good guys tell it like it is and are never wrong, while the bad guys bully each other and make wobbly rationalizations. Or, as you probably know him, Fish from Ally McBeal. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. The idea of paying a bunch of money to get your name associated with the prime mover capitalist heroes of Atlas Shrugged is maybe the most amazing thing to come out of this whole series of terrible movies. Because its premise is more outlandish than Lord of the Rings, and it's vastly less entertaining. Ferris wants him to sign off on new research on something called “Project F” and he’s reluctant. You see, this budding relationship began as years of stalking. Tea party aren't really libertarians though either. I think these people should be legally barred from reading. I'm pretty sure outside of the U.S. nobody considers Ayn Rand to be a great example of 20th century English literature. There are some people who think books shouldn't be read because the ideas inside are distasteful to them. ( Log Out / Atlas Shrugged is a trilogy of American science fiction drama films. In keeping with the fine tradition of continuity, the entire film has been recast once again. Then, as Dagny leaves the Gulch, John Galt invites Hank to join the strike offscreen. I happen to be of the libertarian/anarchist persuasion, and they say it's an important book for us. But no one cares about that because everyone left outside of Galt’s Gulch is an idiot. Good, many of you said, because that book stinks. In other words, the kickstarter was a way to take money from people who were willing to give it. Atlas Shrugged readers remember what age they were when they started the book; they don’t always remember if they finished it. When even Ayn Rand is being considerably more creative than you, you should just hang it up. One has to be incredibly self-absorbed to not see that this is just non-sensical and self-serving. I think the overall premise of the book, however fictional it may be isn't as important as the concept behind it, i.e., that there are people producing the things that actually contribute to the country, produce wealth,etc.. versus the looters who add no value and feel that because of their 'need' that the producers should sacrifice themselves and what they have created, and thusly earned, for the betterment of 'society'. This is the new bad guy and he’s here to stay, because this is thankfully the last film. This is not undermined by the fact that she found her way there in the first place because reasons. So she hooks up with handsome industrialist Henry Rearden, whose company produces a revolutionary metal alloy that could be the salvation of Taggart International. The Wiki page on the subject is more informative, you should read it. Since few people who like Atlas Shrugged read enough to know what traits make a book good or bad, academic literary criticism of Atlas Shrugged is literally meaningless to them, as well.) If this movie breaks big, or even if it gets an afterlife on Netflix, will it make as many converts as the novel? This installment of the movie ends with Dagny hiking up Wyatt’s property to see the oil wells he set ablaze when he left to join Galt. Hank Rearden is no longer a mob boss, but played by Rob Morrow (in theory; we’ll get to that later). This is strange, because there’s a viewpoint character from the first two films who has been on the outside the entire time: Hank Rearden. But how will Dagny find John Galt? They are bad movies, because they are shot in a flat, non-dynamic manner that calls to mind made-for-basic-cable films (at their best) and reality-show true-crime recreations (at their worst). Society is a network of people doing their part and everyone benefiting. Galt himself is the one to find Dagny and rescue her from the wreckage of the plane, immediately showing a kinship and affection for her that is usually reserved only for profits in the world of Atlas Shrugged. In the original novel, Akston owned a tobacco farm but the filmmakers cleverly fudged that detail, likely because the tobacco industry became just about the biggest example of how industry can fail to self-regulate in they years since the novel was written. Project F comes back later and it is amazing, so just remember this scene and how important the film wants you to believe it is. To find fault with the “Atlas Shrugged” franchise because of its politics is like complaining about “Birdemic” because it gets the ornithology wrong. While Floyd Ferris is bullying nerds on behalf of President NotRayWise, Taggart Transcontinental continues its rapid decline, mostly because this fucker is in charge: In my heart you are the CEO of making exasperated faces. The Atlas Shrugged movie is not as bad as they had feared it would be. Clearly, this is going to be some high tech shit, right? Change ), I Watched Atlas Shrugged Part III So You Don’t Have To, The Closer: Game of the Year Edition OUT NOW and FREE. Because of this, he is handed over to the State Science Institute, which somehow now has become a branch of the Justice Department, to be imprisoned and further questioned. They could have been better. Silly premise. This may or may not be just me, however, it seems I've noticed this anti-Atlas Shrugged or Ayn Rand circlejerk. (The speech will be in the third movie of this planned trilogy, if it gets finished.). This makes me scared of their ideas for one, but there is no question it is not well written. They effortlessly avoid radar and even sight detection. Never mind that this doesn’t make sense–why would management ever suggest such a scheme?–this is Ayn Rand world. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. Sad people warm themselves by the heat of trash-can fires. Love Ayn Rand’s politics or hate them or lie in the middle, these movies are shoddy. The criticism of Objectivism is more noticeable then say the critisim of Satanism because it is often used by Politicians, Pundits and other People with a Specific Opinion to advocate in favour of laissez-faire capitalism.