Atlas Shrugged: Part II
|Atlas Shrugged: Part II|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Putch|
|Produced by||Harmon Kaslow
|Screenplay by||Duke Sandefur
Brian Patrick O'Toole
|Based on||Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
|Music by||Chris P. Bacon|
|Editing by||John Gilbert|
|Studio||Either Or Productions|
|Distributed by||Atlas Distribution Company|
|Running time||112 minutes|
Atlas Shrugged: Part II (or Atlas Shrugged: Part II: The Strike) is a film based on the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It is a sequel to the 2011 film Atlas Shrugged: Part I, continuing the story where its predecessor left off.
It was announced on the film's Facebook page on July 4, 2012 and the film was released on October 12, 2012.
Eight months earlier, Dagny is trying to understand the abandoned prototype of an advanced motor she and Hank Rearden found. Quentin Daniels, the only capable scientist who has not yet joined a mysterious wave of disappearances, agrees to help her from an abandoned laboratory in Utah.
Dagny's brother James Taggart, president of the family railroad, meets store clerk Cherryl Brooks and brings her to see a pianist, who disappears during his performance, leaving a note asking, "Who is John Galt?" Later, during the wedding of James and Cherryl, Dagny's friend Francisco d'Anconia argues with other guests about whether money is evil, and secretly informs Rearden about a devastating explosion at his copper mine—the next day. Rearden spends that night with his paramour Dagny. Later, he is confronted about the affair by his wife Lillian, who refuses to grant him a divorce in order to maintain her position in society.
Rearden sells his advanced Rearden Metal to Ken Danagger's coal mining company, and refuses to sell it to the government, in defiance of the newly enacted "Fair Share" law that forces businesses to sell to all buyers. The two are charged under the law. Dagny barges into Danagger's office, realizes that he too is about to disappear, and understands that she is close to understanding the force behind the disappearances. At trial, Rearden defends the pursuit of profit and is given only a token penalty by the court when it sees that the crowd supports him. However, the government announces "Directive 10-289", which freezes employment and production, and which requires all patent rights to be gifted to the government. Bureaucrat Wesley Mouch blackmails Rearden into giving up his Rearden Metal patents, using photos of Rearden and Dagny that would damage Dagny's reputation.
Dagny leaves her post at the railroad when her prized John Galt line is disassembled due to lack of business. During her absence, a Taggart Transcontinental train collides with a military train in a tunnel, due largely to political pressure by a passenger and to human error by Dagny's poorly-trained replacement. This impels Dagny back to her job. D'Anconia tries to dissuade her from returning, as he had earlier tried to talk Rearden into leaving his business, but she returns anyway.
Dagny takes a train to Colorado to show her faith in the railway, but its engine fails. The repair technician used to work for 20th Century Motor, which produced the motor Dagny found. He tells Dagny how the need-based reward system in his company failed, and his coworker John Galt left the company to "stop the motor of the world." Dagny calls Daniels, who tells her that he is quitting. Dagny buys a small airplane and flies to Utah to try to dissuade him, but as she is landing, she sees him get into a plane on the airstrip.
After a pursuit in the air—the opening scene of the film—Dagny's plane crashes in a valley hidden by stealth technology. Dagny crawls to the edge of her crashed plane, where she is greeted by John Galt.
After the credits, the movie ends with a quote from the Atlas Shrugged novel.
- Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart
- Jason Beghe as Henry Rearden
- Esai Morales as Francisco d'Anconia
- Patrick Fabian as James Taggart
- Kim Rhodes as Lillian Rearden
- Richard T. Jones as Eddie Willers
- D.B. Sweeney as John Galt
- Paul McCrane as Wesley Mouch
- John Rubinstein as Dr. Floyd Ferris
- Robert Picardo as Dr. Robert Stadler
- Ray Wise as Head of State Thompson
- Diedrich Bader as Quentin Daniels
- Bug Hall as Leonard Small
- Arye Gross as Ken Danagger
- Rex Linn as Kip Chalmers
- Larisa Oleynik as Cherryl Brooks
- Thomas F. Wilson as Robert Collins
- Teller as Laughlin
- Sean Hannity as himself
- Juan Williams as himself
- Bob Beckel as himself
- Tamara Holder as herself
The producers intended to finance Part II using profits from Atlas Shrugged: Part I. When that film failed to generate a profit, a private debt sale in early 2012 raised $16 million of the $25 million the producers sought, enabling a budget larger than that of the first film. The production company announced that Part 2 would be released to coincide with the U.S. general election season in fall 2012.
Duncan Scott, who in 1986 was responsible for creating a new, re-edited version of the 1942 Italian film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel We the Living with English subtitles, joined the production team.
The name of the production company for the second film, Either Or Productions, LLC, is taken from the title Rand gave to the middle section of her novel. An April press release stated the name of the film as Atlas Shrugged, Part 2: Either Or.
Principal photography began on April 2, 2012 with an all-new cast, including Samantha Mathis as the heroine Dagny Taggart, Jason Beghe as the industrialist Henry Rearden, and Esai Morales as the playboy Francisco d'Anconia. Producer John Aglialoro has implied that hiring the cast of Part I for the sequel exceeded the movie's budget, saying "it’s hard to lock people down", and also noting that Taylor Schilling, the actress who played Dagny in Part I, is "a bona fide movie star now". According to a report before the film was released, the film was to be on a 31-day shooting schedule, four days more than that of the first movie, and to undergo two months of post-production.
Atlas Shrugged: Part II was not screened for critics before its release, with producer John Aglialoro questioning "the integrity of the critics". The film was, however, screened for The Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute.
Atlas Shrugged: Part II opened on 1,012 screens and earned $692,000 on its premiere and $1.7 million its opening weekend, debuting at #11. Despite opening on more than three times the screens of Part I, it did not significantly improve on Part I's opening weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, box office take totaled $3,286,255 through 11/4/12, the last date for which the producers released numbers. When adjusted for inflation, the film had one of the two hundred least profitable wide openings of the past thirty years, followed by one of the two hundred largest second-week drops for the same period. By the third week of release it was down to under 150 screens, pulling in $28,000 on its third Friday.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 5% (out of a total of 21) professional critics gave Atlas Shrugged: Part II a positive review; it gives the film an overall average score of 2.8/10. The site's consensus is: "Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions". Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 26 based on 11 reviews, which is interpreted as "Generally unfavorable" by Metacritic. Film critics were not impressed with the film based on several reviews: one reviewer gave the film a "D" rating; while the New York Post's Kyle Smith gave the film a "1" rating (of 4), saying "...even if you overlooked the production values from a 1986 porno and special effects like something your nephew cooked up on his Mac, the movie’s “Yay, money!” zingers are just a big bag of sad." The A.V. Club of The Onion gave the film a grade of "F", citing lack of story progression and poor character designs, and named it the second-worst film of 2012, noting, "The irony of Part II’s mere existence is rich enough: The free market is a religion for Rand acolytes, and it emphatically rejected Part I." Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review gave it a mixed review, calling it "a respectable effort hampered less by its limited budget than by the dogmatic contrivances of Rand’s plot and the straw-man polemics of her wooden, declamatory dialogue." Economics columnist John Tamny of Forbes.com argued that it is "a must see because it in a very handsome way describes the world in which we live today whereby the achievers are being shackled by the moochers."
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