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Friday 10 June 2016
Negative
Adam Lee, Patheos

As it turns out, the filmmakers saw the cruelty of the book… and flinched from it. As they’re bundling John Galt into the helicopter that will fly them to safety, we get this line of dialogue: “We’ve got one more man to pick up: Eddie!”

Whether they thought of it in these terms or not, this is a slap in Ayn Rand’s face. It’s tacitly saying that her killing him off was sadistic and unnecessary (which, well, it was). Even in a movie that ends, as the book does, with the lights of New York going out and tens of millions of people dying offscreen, Eddie’s pointless death was one step too far for the filmmakers.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 10 Jun 2016
Friday 27 May 2016
Neutral
Adam Lee, Patheos

You’d think, given the [Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?] filmmakers’ obvious devotion to Ayn Rand, that they’d at least be well-versed in the book they’re adapting. But apparently not, because there’s a line of dialogue where John Galt uses the dreaded word “give” – which, according to the text, is the one word that’s forbidden to be uttered in the valley.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 27 May 2016
Friday 20 May 2016
Negative
Adam Lee, Patheos

John Galt is supposed to be the greatest genius in human history. He should give the impression of being ruthless and slightly dangerous by virtue of his superior intellect. But this actor plays him as mild-mannered and agreeably mellow, like the sensitive hipster guy in your yoga class.

Another odd artistic choice you can see in these clips is that all the bad guys wear suits and ties, while the capitalists dress like truckers or lumberjacks. Given Ayn Rand’s worship of wealth and power, it’s strange that they’d use class markers in this way to indicate where the audience’s sympathy should be. But this faux-common touch falters a bit when you remember that most of the good guys are millionaire executives, if not hereditary scions of multinational corporations. This is hardly a slobs-versus-snobs battle we’re talking about.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 20 May 2016
Sunday 15 May 2016
Positive
The Heartland Institute

In 1957, Ayn Rand introduced the world to a new kind of hero, molded from the best within man, a hero who exemplified the joy of individual achievement. With passion and conviction, Atlas Shrugged speaks to the hero in all of us.

Based upon the controversial 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, the movie Atlas Shrugged: Part 3 follows the struggles of Dagny Taggart, a railroad heiress trying to maintain her integrity and keep her family’s railroad alive in the midst of a rapidly decaying world. She faces increasingly corrupt government agencies, the cowardly incompetence of her own brother, and the systematic loss of her best and most competent workers.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2016
Budget & Tax News (The Heartland Institute)

…In 1957, Ayn Rand introduced the world to a new kind of hero, molded from the best within man, a hero who exemplified the joy of individual achievement. With…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2016
Budget & Tax News (The Heartland Institute)

…In 1957, Ayn Rand introduced the world to a new kind of hero, molded from the best within man, a hero who exemplified the joy of individual achievement. With…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2016
Friday 13 May 2016
Neutral
Adam Lee, Patheos

There was a third Atlas Shrugged movie.

If you weren’t aware it existed, that’s understandable. The first movie was made with a respectable $20 million budget and bombed horrendously, earning back less than one-quarter of that. The second movie was made with just half the budget, and it showed. Despite opening on three times as many screens, it bombed even worse than the first one. You’d think that by this point, a Randian supercapitalist would recognize that the market had spoken.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 13 May 2016
Thursday 14 April 2016
Neutral
FOX 11 Los Angeles

On the big screen, Germann can currently be seen in the Warner Brothers film GET HARD starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. He also recently appeared in the Noah Pritzker directed drama QUITTERS, ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART III based on Ayn Rand’s novel…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 14 Apr 2016
Sunday 03 April 2016
Mixed
Garry Reed, The Examiner

…a passing reply in a Hollywood Reporter interview with Director/Producer Zack Snyder who said, “I have been working on The Fountainhead.” That was enough for Rand-ripping writer Vince Mancini at Uproxx, an essentially unknown, never-heard-of, off-the-beaten site map net nest that imagines itself an eMag or webzine or blogazette or PixelPub or somesuch, to create a hatchet-hacking tract.

The massive black headline from Uproxx is pure libertarian/Objectivist click bait. Three of its 14 words are “Libertarian,” “Ayn Rand” and “Fountainhead.” This heavy header hovers above a photo of Snyder with a familiar Ayn Rand headshot photoshopped into it.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Apr 2016
Wednesday 30 March 2016
Negative
John Ellis, PJ Media

It’s no wonder that mentioning either Margaret Sanger or Ayn Rand prompts entrenched, passionate responses from many people. Sanger and Rand’s voices reflect many of the most cherished or hated ideals held by both sides. Considering how polar opposite Sanger and Rand’s ideologies are, it should be easy to determine which lady said what. And this is good news, since there is a quiz, of sorts, below.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Mar 2016
Monday 21 March 2016
Mixed
Todd Seavey, Splice Today

…I admit my own reaction was to think Snyder would be well-suited to a romantic, larger-than-life Rand adaptation. And now Snyder says he’s tempted to adapt Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead—another work that, like Rand herself, could sort of go either way: libertarian-uplifting or Nietzschean-scary. Rand ended up a useful part of the libertarian coalition, but her most diehard fans tend to gloss over the weirdness of her early, more overtly Nietzschean writings, which were less tempered by concern about adhering to property rights and morality.

Snyder may find himself directing a fellow Rand fan even before then, though, since hot bisexual atheist Rand-reader Amber Heard is slated to play Aquaman’s amphibious bride Mera in future Justice League movies. I bet she wouldn’t say no to the chance to play Dominique in Fountainhead, either. Like other Rand works, it’s got kinky sex, for starters.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Mar 2016
Friday 18 March 2016
Positive
Witney Seibold, Crave Online

Snyder is fighting an uphill battle. The three previous attempts to bring an earnest version of Ayn Rand to the big screen resulted in a scattered and cheap trilogy of Atlas Shrugged features that were critically panned and made very little money. The series was so unsuccessful that the producer required a Kickstarter campaign to complete the third film, which is very much counter to the Do-It-All-Yourself-and-Screw-Everyone-Else philosophies espoused by Rand.

Libertarians are a small but increasingly vocal political group in this country, and Ayn Rand has re-entered the cultural conversation in recent years, largely thanks to the notorious Atlas Shrugged movies. We shall see if Snyder is seen to do the work justice or not.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Mar 2016