Just finished seeing Atlas Shrugged

Posted: April 15, 2011 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Take my advice – Don’t!!!!!

This is easily the worst film I have seen in years, and I watched Gor on Netflix the other night.  The only good thing I can say about it is I enjoyed the spectacle of the train engineer operating the engine in what appears to be a Las Vegas croupiers uniform.  They might have gotten a deal from the makers of Ocean’s 11, I don’t know, but I swear it happened. 

OK, I admit I am not a fan of the book, I found it simplistic and tedious, but the problems with the movie go way beyond that. 

First, the acting.  Calling it wooden is a disservice to fence posts everywhere.  I swear that you can watch the actors eyes reading the cue cards and coming across the word smile or frown and changing their expression appropriately.  Unfortunately the vocal intonations never change.  It’s like listening to a text to speech reader except the computer has more inflection.

Second, the setting.  This is supposed to be a dystopian reality, but it’s the cleanest friendliest dystopia I have ever seen.  The streets are swept, everyone is happy and smiling.  No foodlines, no beggars.  One apparently unemployed guy standing on the street with a sign looking for work.  (Oh and an abandoned car) That’s it.  It just doesn’t fit.  They didn’t even have the sense to film in the rain and at night ala “Blade Runner” to indicate that this is a dark time.

Third, the story (or maybe the story editing).  There is little to no narrative flow.  This story is supposed to take place over the course of 9 months or so, but nothing indicates that other than the occasional cut in news cast that reiterates something a character said 3 seconds before.  Scenes are also disjointed because important elements are missing (edited out maybe) the effect is that the dialogue sounds like they pulled one line from the book about every 5 pages.  It also has the effect of having pivotal scenes (such as when Dagney Taggart leaves Taggart Transcontinental to form the John Galt Line) jump out of nowhere.  If you have read the book you have an idea what’s going on.  If you walked in cold you would be lost.

The camera work was good as was the scenery but that’s about it.

I really don’t expect parts 2 and 3 to be released.  

Comments
  1. EC says:

    I am Jack’s utter lack of surprise.

  2. joh says:

    That sucks. And MST3K isn’t even around any more to riff it. I guess I’ll wait for Atlas Shrugged 2: The Mouch Strikes Back.

  3. Sean M. says:

    I figured as much when I first saw the trailer. I haven’t seen it, but I’m surprised it didn’t go straight to video.

  4. Veeshir says:

    Way to go WP, that ‘possibly related link’ is to that post abour a bunch of Japanese porn stars in teddies singing about…… Who cares?

  5. tangonine says:

    Wife and I went to see it last night. I knew it was low budget going in and was actually impressed (it was filmed in 26 days).

    I enjoyed it, wife did as well, and about 75% of the audience APPLAUDED when it was over, so take your crappy review and PFPFPFPFPFT!

    I am John Gault.

  6. MM says:

    Agreed. Man I wanted this one to soar. It did not.

    OTOH, the book was great, I’ve enjoyed it several times.

  7. Arianna says:

    Great movie.
    Vacuous review.

    • chad98036 says:

      So write your own.

      • tangonine says:

        Hey now mister, you don’t get to write a review and cry if someone reviews your review.

        • chad98036 says:

          That wasn’t crying, it was a suggestion. Nothing is stopping her from countering my vaucaous review with her own. She can post it in the comments here, or if she has her own blog post it there. Hell I’ll go further if she writes it I will post it on the front page.

  8. Veeshir says:

    How do you know it’s a she? Just because it calls itself Arianna and links to the Puff Hos, doesn’t mean it’s Arianna or a woman.

    • chad98036 says:

      In my mind even if Arianna turns out to be a 6’4″ 400 pound hairy dude with a cock like a firehose he’ll always be a she. It’s like an internet sexchange operation.

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