Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
SUCKER PUNCH (Zack Snyder; 2011) “[A] spectacular flop of fancy, mind-blowingly empty in its dream/reality-blurring plot, which is about as profound as if an eight-year-old Ayn Rand wrote Inception. The moral of this gothic fairy-tale/fantasy-quest/girl-power-action mash-up turns out to be super-American, individual godliness: “It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight.”
The New Yorker
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars.
Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, NS)
Andrew R. Cobb did not follow this path, first blazed by Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrated by Ayn Rand in her bestselling 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Instead, Cobb served his clients’ need for attractive, practical and livable buildings.
Some people lament the secularization and commercialization of Christmas; I applaud it. I’m glad that most of us don’t spend it huddled in penance, praying for redemption and renouncing the pleasures of this Earth. Instead, at Christmas, people embrace those pleasures and rejoice in life — very much in line with the ethics of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy .
Rand has told us that there are three hundred people on this train, men, women and children. As should be obvious, they’re all about to die horribly, asphyxiated by toxic smoke. And since the text is concerned above all else with assigning moral responsibility for this disaster, we too can ask who’s at fault. Is it Kip Chalmers and his entourage, who demanded transportation at any cost and damn the details? Is it Dave Mitchum, who gave the fatal order while rigging the system to avoid blame?
Those would be sensible answers, but Atlas Shrugged has something much bigger in mind. Ayn Rand’s answer is that everyone on board is guilty and deserves to die.