'Atlas Shrugged' movie: What are critics saying?

atlas-shrugged-part-I-poster.jpgAyn Rand's 1957 free-market-championing novel "Atlas Shrugged," after 15 years of being bounced around Hollywood, has finally been turned into a movie. The first part (it's meant to be a trilogy) is being released Friday (April 15) and so far the critics are wildly divided on the movie.

Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post says, "The first in a proposed trilogy, "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" is nearly as stilted, didactic and simplistic as Rand's free-market fable."

The New York Post's Kyle Smith says, "Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item."

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "Let's say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you're an objectivist or a libertarian, and you've been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown."

The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips says, "This movie is crushingly ordinary in every way, which with Rand I wouldn't have thought possible."

The plot of the novel/movie are that a powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart ( Taylor Schilling), struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her.

The reviews are less than stellar. But the trailer certainly makes it look pretty exciting. The movie stars Schilling (most recently of "Mercy"), Paul Johansson of "One Tree Hill" and Grant Bowler of "True Blood" and "Ugly Betty."

Will you be attempting to see "Atlas Shrugged Part I"?




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