Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cinema Saturday

This Cinema Saturday is a bit different . .. over Thanksgiving we watched a few movies, only one was actually based on a movie: Atlas Shrugged: Part One. (Giveaway link at end of post)

When I heard (which may or may not actually, in fact, be true) that Atlas Shrugged was being read by some lawmakers and their staff - I became more interested in just what this Ayn Rand novel was about.

Extolling the virtues of putting self-interest and self above all else especially, others altruism and the common good, Atlas Shrugged is the ultimate story of putting yourself and your greed at the top - and that being okay, even good.

Movie synopsis:
Powerful forces trigger a global revolution when the highly anticipated film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s bestselling novel, ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART I, emerges on Blu-ray and DVD November 8. The first installment in a planned trilogy, ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART I uses a talented cast to explore themes of individualism, socialism, and anarchy.

In 2016, the country is on the verge of economic collapse. Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling, “Mercy”) runs one of the largest remaining railroads despite her inept CEO brother, James (Matthew Marsden, Resident Evil: Extinction). To save the railroad from financial ruin, Dagny seeks out entrepreneurial industrialist, Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler, “True Blood”), whose super-strength metal alloy holds the promise of the future.

As government interference continues and the country’s most competent and productive workers systematically disappear, Dagny refuses to give up. As she bears witness to seeing the motor of the world stopped, Dagny increasingly hears people reciting: Who is John Galt?

Atlas Shrugged is definitely a movie/story with a point. Whether you agree with that point or not, it does well not straying for that point. I don't think I would read the novel, so seeing part of the novel (it really is just Part One), in a film was a great opportunity.

The biggest distraction/drawback was probably having everything so focused on trains and rail lines. It would have made a lot of sense for how 2016 could have been viewed when the novel was published but not so much now...

Atlas Shrugged fully commits to its philosophy and doesn't make any apologies. Love it or hate it, it doesn't take a middle ground just to play things safe.

The acting and production of this movie were great. I really don't agree with the point/ideology of the movie, but it was well done so it was still an enjoyable movie - a great way to get the story.

My Atlas Shrugged: Part One DVD giveaway ends Monday at 12:01am and needs more entries - and what better way to see the movie than winning it/for free? So, ENTER away

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