Atlas Shrugged

Finally the movie has been filmed; 53 years after publication. It will be released on April 15 lololol. It has the potential to be just as relevant today as it was to many of us in the pre-“great society” 50’s. Sadly it will no doubt have a divisive impact on a red and blue society that has largely given up any pretense of civility and collaboration. Actually I find it astounding that the movie was produced on the left bank of America. The producers and director have plans to tell the 1000 page story in 3 movies this being part 1. This movie will build anticipation for the following one by never showing the face of John Galt who, growing weary of the social values and government creep of a menacing government, shrugs, taking other like minded producers to a retreat and leaving the non producers to their own dysfunction.

The clip I have attached is from Madmen one of the best TV shows produced lately. The two characters are Robert Morse and Jon Hamm. Hamm’s character Don Draper is the perfect Randian character so the clip is full of symbolism. Draper is a man who stole the identity of another soldier killed in Korea and reengineered himself to be what he wanted to be and to leave behind the emptiness of his previous dysfunctional family. He is selfish like Morse says and he works hard to get what he wants; the classic example of objectivism.


I will see the movie on April 15. I hope it lives up to potential.



5 Responses

  1. Do you not find it “interesting” that William F. Buckley
    called objectivism “stillborn” (or something to that effect) and apparently had no love lost for Ayn Rand?

    But along the continuum, I suspect I am much closer to Ayn rand’s views than you.

    I’ll probaly have to wait until the film is at Redbox…lol!

  2. yes interesting is the right word there was an intense dislike between them

    “But along the continuum, I suspect I am much closer to Ayn rand’s views than you.”

    Not at all sure that you are correct she was a drug of my youth; having children had a profound impact on my tolerance for extremism of any ilk. Seems irrelevant when faced with the the realities of parenting.

  3. I could have sworn there was an earlier Atlas Shrugged movie, but of course, not so, I was thinking of The Fountainhead.
    Of course my views on Ayn Rand and “objectivism” are well publicized 🙂

  4. FN this could be really good cinema regardless of the Author. AR wrote ala old Hollywood melodrama, shrouded in contemporary politics=good popcorn movie potential. If you miss it because of “principle” it will be your loss (perhaps) The folks that have done this seem very capable dream makers.

  5. I have not heard of any of those actors in the Atlas Shrugged movie. But then, that may be a good thing, as it’s not your “typical” movie either. Maybe I can catch it on a Saturday before noon, when local AMC is just $5. Maybe as well spring for the extra $1.50 since AMC is nicer than the old “$1” theater, which is now $3.50. (In PCB, the “early” shows are $7.5o and evening is $9.)

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