I’m confident many of you will find yourselves only incredulous that I’ve yet to view Atlas Shrugged (prophetically in the form of “part I”) in it’s cinematic form. how many of you were aware it had made it’s way, finally, to a cinema near you?
the fact is I’m waiting. I’ll explain, later.
but, and don’t read deep meaning into this, I’m not sure if I want to see it alone, with a hand-picked viewing companion that might have the same extremely high expectations as myself, or rent it, at some uncertain point.
…I’m waiting, to even decide that tactical process.
but… oh dear GOD, they’ve modernized it, set in 2016 amidst a sustained economic depression.
mind you… this is a 2011 American film adaptation of the first part of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. it’s intended as the first in a film trilogy that will ultimately encompass the entire (and gloriously daunting) one thousand three hundred and sixty eight (1,368) page book. the history of this effort must needs be both understood and appreciated because it’s as epic as the book itself – baring in mind this book, and, arguably, the movie, is actually a sequel to The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand completed The Fountainhead in 1943 and then the screenplay for the 1949 Hollywood adaption.
in any event, after various treatments and proposals floundered for nearly 40 years, investors led by the enigmatic John Aglialoro took matters into their own hands (in fine John Galt fashion) and initiated production.
if the trilogy is completed, it will tell the story of Atlas Shrugged, set in a dystopian United States where leading innovators, from industrialists to artists, are led by John Galt to go on strike, “stopping the motor of the world” to reassert the importance of the free use of the mind and of free market capitalism.
as evidenced above, I did find the trailer to the (now) new(ish) film. It is very slick, to be certain, and updated (that word: modernized, again). I do wish it was more of a 1950′s period piece, in the film noir style I feel that it likely deserves.
watch it. do it!
but, read the book, first. do it!
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork