Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review of AtlasShrugged Part II: The Strike

Eminent domain, intellectual property rights, class warfare. Alternative energy sources, government managed vs private enterprise. Political cronyism, corporate sabotage. 

These are some of the issues addressed in Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike, the film trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's prescient & polarizing novel Atlas Shrugged.

Viewers will be treated to strong lead performances by Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Richard T. Jones, Esai Morales, John Rubenstein, Kim Rhodes, Ray Wise, and Ayre Gross. The supporting cast is equally entertaining. Even the extras command your attention. Their screen presence evokes both sides of OWS and imply and infer answers to the question 'who built this?'.

i haven't seen part I of the movie's trilogy, and i haven't read Ms Rand's book, but prior to seeing the movie i knew the plot's premise. But even if i hadn't been familiar with the subject, the movie's script, direction, and performances are so engaging and topical i never had the feeling that i'd missed something or couldn't follow the action.

The real strength of this movie, is that like the book from which it is adapted, it will most likely stand the test of time. And whether you take the side of those who question and challenge authority, or those who opt to disappear, or those who are authoritarian, this movie stimulates real-life dialogue.

Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike, now playing.Please check your local movie houses.

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