Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?

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Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged Part 3 Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by J. James Manera
Produced by Harmon Kaslow
John Aglialoro
Screenplay by J. James Manera
Harmon Kaslow
John Aglialoro
Based on Atlas Shrugged 
by Ayn Rand
Starring Laura Regan
Kristoffer Polaha
Joaquim de Almeida
Music by Elia Cmiral
Cinematography Gale Tattersall
Edited by Tony Ciccone
Distributed by Atlas Distribution Company
Release dates
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12)[1]
Running time
99 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $851,690[3]

Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? is a 2014 American science fiction drama film based on Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. It is the third installment in the Atlas Shrugged film series and the sequel to the 2012 film Atlas Shrugged: Part II, continuing the story where its predecessor left off. The release, originally set for July 4, 2014,[4] occurred on September 12, 2014.[1]

Plot[edit]

The owner of the 20th Century Motor Company has died and his children have taken over, with a new plan to operate the company: that everyone work as hard as he can, but that salaries be "based on need". A lab engineer named John Galt objects and announces, "I'll stop the motor of the world."

Twelve years later, the economy spirals downward. Shortages have grounded airlines and returned the railroads to dominance; regulation has led to financial disaster. Galt seems to be behind the disappearances of corporate executives and other experts. The latest disappearance is that of Dagny Taggart, the executive officer of the largest railroad company, Taggart Transcontinental. She had chased Galt in a private plane and crashed hers.

Dagny has reached Galt's Gulch, and Galt himself rescues her from the crashed plane. She meets several "disappeared" achievers, such as banker Midas Mulligan, who say they quit after coming to believe that government was enslaving them. On the outside, government develops a classified new weapon called "Project F" and nationalizes the railroads, including Taggart Transcontinental.

The public grows increasingly frustrated with the central planning, comes to view Galt as the solution, and holds rallies calling for him to reform government. Thompson, the Head of State,[5] offers Galt a job in the government, but Galt rebuffs the offer. Later, the government tortures Galt using the power of "Project F". However, others from the gulch arrive to free him and they escape back to their refuge.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In an interview with Bill Frezza of Forbes, the producer John Aglialoro mentioned that the film would include a short dialogue between the heroine Dagny Taggart and a priest, a character which he said Rand struggled with and ultimately cut out of the original book.[4][7] This scene did not appear in the final cut.

A month prior to the release of Part I, Aglialoro suggested that Part III might be made into a musical.[8] In 2013 he promised to create "something closer to the book," and predicted that critics would pan the film.[9] In a YouTube promotional piece where organizers discussed the film, he asserted that it was vital for the team to have a director who is professional, collaborative, and knows Rand's work: "I don't care if I've got to fire five directors — that's fine. We're going to get it right."[10]

The film was directed by J. James Manera, whose experience included directing a documentary in 2010 and a 1996 episode of the television show Nash Bridges.[11] The cinematographer was Gale Tattersall.

Writing[edit]

David Kelley, founder of The Atlas Society and an expert on the philosophical themes of Atlas Shrugged, consulted on the script, as he did for Parts I and II.[12]

Casting[edit]

As with the second part, a new set of actors was cast to play the major characters.[13] Former Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul, and network commentators Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, played themselves giving responses to John Galt's speech.[14]

Filming[edit]

The trade press reported that filming began in January 2014,[1] after the film posted on Facebook that its target start date was Autumn 2013.[15] The budget was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised $446,907 against a goal of $250,000.[16]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On July 9, 2014, a sneak preview was shown at Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.[17]

Box office[edit]

The film opened on September 12, 2014 on 242 screens and grossed $461,179 during its opening weekend.[18] Total gross was $851,690 against a budget of $5,000,000.[3]

Reception[edit]

The film holds a 0% at review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 10 reviews for an average rating of 1.4/10.[19] On Metacritic, the film has a 9/100 rating based on 7 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[20] Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice wrote: "Rand's parable is meant to showcase just how much our world needs the best of us, but this adaptation only does so accidentally – by revealing what movies would be like if none of the best of us worked on them."[21]

Atlas Shrugged: Part III was nominated for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel at the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bond, Paul (January 22, 2014). "'Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?' Starts Production With New Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Todd McCarthy. "'Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?". The Numbers. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Rand Fans Rejoice: 'Shrugged' Sequel on Blu-ray in Spring, 'Part III' July 4, 2014". Breitbart. October 22, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rand deliberately avoided referring to the American "President" so that her novel not be taken as commentary on specific Presidents.
  6. ^ "Larry Cedar - Atlas Shrugged The Movie, opens September... - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Atlas Shrugged Producer Shares Insights And A Surprise That Awaits In Atlas III". Forbes. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "TheDC Exclusive: Producer of 'Atlas Shrugged' movie says part three of trilogy could be a musical". Daily Caller. March 3, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ayn Rand's 'Atlas' shrugs for third time". Politico. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "YouTube promo". March 26, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "James Manera - IMDb". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Atlas Shrugged Part 3 Greenlit; Photography Begins Fall 2013". The Atlas Society. March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Atlas Shrugged III: Who is John Galt". IMDB. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (June 19, 2014). "Conclusion of Atlas Shrugged trilogy pulls out the big guns, casts Ron Paul". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Atlas Shrugged Part 3 Heads Into Production (Press Release)". Los Angeles, CA: PRWeb. March 26, 2013. Archived from the original on March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ DeSapio, Scott. "ATLAS SHRUGGED Movie "Who is John Galt?"". Kickstarter. Kickstarter, Inc. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Schedule of events (PDF), Anthem Film Festival, 2014 
  18. ^ "Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?". Movie Mojo. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Atlas Shrugged: Part III - Who Is John Galt?". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.villagevoice.com/film/atlas-shrugged-who-is-john-galt-has-the-years-funniest-sex-scene-6444302
  22. ^ "The 35th Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards Nominees for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel 2014". Retrieved February 10, 2015. 

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