Atlas Shrugged: Part 3

4.41 h 39 min2014PG-13
After 12 years of suffering mysterious disappearances of society's most-productive, the nations economy is on the verge of collapse.
James Manera
Kristoffer PolahaLaura ReganPeter Mackenzie
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ragingfieldmouseReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
whu? Oh yea, "Left Behind" for capitalists.
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Sure, take all the CEOs away & us the leeching poor, ignorant public will wither when left to survive by the devices of corrupt governance. Everyone knows that true invention doesn't come from top level executives but from lower level employees. So that shangrala w/magical perpetual energy better be a lot larger than shown because you'd have to house at least 50% of the country to have the desired effect on the sponges. Also what happened to each cast? Did they finally read the whole script & bail ? Cause that last section was torture to watch.(No pun, it ain't worth it.)
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Daniel L CarterReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I can see why the reviews are so mixed and varied in the ratings. Atlas Shrugged parts 1,2 & 3 are not for everyone. There are 3 things to consider before watching this series. The first is your political viewpoint. If you lean toward a more liberal stand on the world then this movie will bother you to an extreme, and is probably why it was not highly publicized in the first place. The second reason to consider is the change in cast for each movie. Every character that you get attached to, or like, or dislike changes from movie to movie. This takes away from the continuity which is why I removed a star from my review. I don't like having to figure out which actor is playing which character. I shouldn't have to do that with sequels and definitely not the entire cast. The third thing to consider is the price of admission for what appears to be a made for TV version of Ayn Rand's books. They are well done stories and the acting is great, but the budget and sets are limited.

Those are the things to consider when renting. They are not necessarily bad things, as you see I gave this movie a 4 star review because the story was a great story. The acting is great and both myself and my wife couldn't help but see the glaring parallels to the setting of the movie to our nation here in America. I'm not saying we are as bad as the book or movie were claiming, but there are similarities, enough so that it makes you take a step back and contemplate at the intuition that Ayn Rand may have had into the political system so many decades ago. The story is captivating enough that my wife and I rented all three movies. We enjoyed them very much and wished it had gone even further at the end and told what more had happened to the main characters other than the ending of the story, but I will not give that away. No spoilers here.

This is a highly political, slightly science fiction, near future, drama that will question the world around you. Great movies. Who is John Galt?
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Willie GReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Part III is terrible
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I had no idea what Atlas Shrugged was all about, so I thought I would give it a try. Part 1 got me hooked and I could not wait to view Part 2. By the end of Part 2, I was thinking, "finally I will see this story resolved". So I watched Part 3 the next evening. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I have seen better "B" movies. Changing actors mid stream, crappy music, crappy writing, crappy editing, .... it is all crappy and stupid. It was like the producers decided to turn the final part over to a high school drama club. So, so disappointing!
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phixateReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
What was that?
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This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen (and not in a good way). The first two movies were watchable. This one was unbearable at times. I wanted to turn it off but why watch the first two without finishing the last? The editing, acting and directing was horrid and the moral of the story is sheer idiocy. It's promoting Luciferian anarchy. It's trying to say that anarchy is the solution to the NWO beast system but who can make straight what God has bent? God has provided the Way out of Babylon and it is not humanist anarchy. The people aren't going to rise up against a corrupt and oppressive system to take back their lives. We must turn to the only answer there is: Christ Yahshua.
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Michael A. RomanReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great book, horrible final movie
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I just finally read Atlas Shrugged and loved it. It is almost as much of a chore to read as Moby Dick, at least in some places, but the story is worth it. This third movie, however, is terrible. The first two were OK. It is after all a difficult book to translate to the screen. I honestly believe that anyone watching this third movie would be unlikely to have any desire to read the book and that is a shame; the book is SO much better. This film is badly acted, the important elements from the book are omitted, making many of the key scenes in the movie seem disjointed and of questionable importance. Of course, if you have watched the first two movies, it's hard to imagine that you would choose to pass on this third one. That said, I think you will regret having spent the time, particularly if you read and enjoyed the book.
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James CooleyReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...
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Someone has to say it. Part 3 is absolutely awful.

When Parts 1 & 2 showed up on Amazon Prime, I rewatched part 1 and then part 2. I then made the horrible mistake of renting part 3 for the almighty sum of $2.99, which proved to be a waste of $2.98.

I thought part 2 was better than part 1.
This last installment is so bad that within 15 minutes I thought to myself, "They should have cast Bruce Campbell as John Galt and thrown in some flying sharks or piranhas".

You have to give them credit for trying though. I think _Atlas Shrugged_ is just one of those books like _Les Miserables_ which just doesn't translate very well to the screen or stage, despite Les Miz' Broadway popularity.

Ha! there's an idea that would send Ayn spinning in her grave even faster than these movies: _Atlas Shrugged: The Musical_.
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Z. StewartReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
A cult classic and a hoot! Play this with your friends (details follow)
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Wow, it's easy to see how these are such a cult classic, SciFi so bad that it's funny to watch with friends.
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A lone engineer named John Galt invents a trillion dollar valued "engine" which create unlimited free energy for the company he works for. After the company suddenly becomes a communist nightmare (which the owners of the company have a right to do with their property, no matter how stupid an idea it is), he steals the invention for himself, and uses it to power his own little fantasy utopia in a secret hidden canyon in Colorado (complete with Redwoods, which as a Coloradan I would sure enjoy). He invites basically every highly competent scientist, pianist, industrialist, banker, and railway middle manager in the US (the rest of the world kinda doesn't exist) to join him living in rustic homes within this paradise, and he is so persuasive that every one of them quickly agrees to drop their families and friends and abandon everything they have spent their lives creating, to live simple, uncomplicated lives in the woods, growing their own veggies for the farmers market. This paradise is a bit hard to grasp; they have regular Colorado-licenced cars and roads and gasoline, and their homes are conventionally constructed, so it's not clear whether world class pianists are now serving on the construction crews, or whether they have servants, or import their labor from the outside society. I hope the billionaires are putting in their own septic systems, tho; I'm sure that freedom more than keeps the interest of people who use to run transnational empires. Also - how many are there? From the depth to which competent people have been drained from outside society (there's hardly anybody left who knows how to wipe their own tails once the smart ones have disappeared to join the utopia) there should be millions. The outside world can no longer find anyone who knows how to extinguish burning oil wells, for example. But they appear to be a small community of hundeds to maybe thousands, where you run into all sort of people you knew from the outside world and a world famous neurosurgeon has to handle general medicine. The guy who ran 200 year old worldwide copper mining empire now operates one small tunnel, digging it out himself by hand with 100 year old technology and manually lugging the ore down the mountain.

Their economy is based on gold, which is handy since some people (remember the banker?) brought gold with them and would thus be unbeleivably rich within the local economy, and the rest have to scramble to earn what they can with their labor. Our super competent female businesswoman earns enough gold coins to buy a few pastries by doing cooking and houscleaning for John Galt, a great use for her natoinal class business abilities (how else would a libertarian leaning society suggest that an attractive woman earn the gold she needs to pay every day to stay?). The people who were the best in the world at extinguishing oil wells or extremely knowledgeable middle managers regarding scheduling transcontintal railroads (ie: that we've seen the outside society is missing) and other specialites probably become farmers or dig ditches in this paradise, which does not favor any hint of a handout for any reason.

There are only two people left outside this shangri la who are still judged worth saving, a business woman (and engineer and multi-engine jet pilot) who coinheritied a railroad empire originally built by her great grandfather, and steel magnate who personally invented a new steel half the weight of regular, with twice or ten times the strength, lasting centuries, and cheaper (but he can't prove it works except by getting the railroad to contract for massive amounts as his first test customer). (Flash Gorden level SciFi anybody?)

These 3 movies are basically the story of these two super competent billionaire industrialists who just want to run the businesses they love and make billions of bucks and lives the lives of the super rich. But that reward is not enough, they want to be free of any regulation or government constraint. In this world, there are only two alternatives for government, either it's totalitarian, incompetent and dysfunctional or it's non-existent. A reasonable person can't root for either of these options - the communist nightmare or the woozy-headed libertarian fantasy. It's a world like a car with either a jammed accelerator and no brakes, or jammed brakes and no accelerator. A world with no nuance is a scary world indeed.

The problem John Galt and his fellow dropouts have is that this pair keeping their own companies funcgtioning (explicitly for their own sakes), might as a byproduct benefit not just themselves, but the society Galt despises. He conceives of them as stupid heros acting like Atlas holding up the world, and want them to shrug off the planet. His master villain plan is to "stop the world's motor" - siphon off all of the world's competent people to his utopia, so that outside society collapses and hundreds of millions die off as everything catastrophically falls apart, while all the competent ones content themselves frolicing in the woods behind a magic barrier which keep everyone else out while they play summer camp. (Who's going to replace their crystal goblets, or run the deep international supply chain involved in modern silicon computers once the outside society collapses? LIke the gold brought in, I guess they will hoard their diminishing supplies, or raid the devastated outer world occassionally)

So these films are a hoot. Watch it with your friends, and see how many internal inconsistencies and implausibilities you can spot. See who can do the best impersonation of someone who swallows this up hook line and sinker as a True Believer. It might be almost as much fun as Rocky Horror Picture Show, if you let yourself get into it creatively. The blatent and nuance free ideology is perfect fodder for parody.

One caution. Do NOT judge serious libertarian thought by this caricature; it has as much to do with serious political philosophy as Plan 9 From Outer Space has to do with NASA and SpaceX. Take it as a unselfconscious caricature and you'll have fun; take it seriously and you'll have a mental tummy ache. You have been warned. You will probably recognize distorted fragments and "sound bites" extracted from libertarian or communist or democratic or republican texts, but you would miss the fun if you thought this was thereby a serious presentation of any of those. Keep the words "distorted caricature of all sides" in mind as you watch, and you'll be fine.
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BHMMaryReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent three films with three different sets of actors and ...
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Excellent three films with three different sets of actors and directors but all true to the story...amazingly so. I think the negative reviews are by those who do not agree with Ayn Rand rather than the quality of the movies. Granted, you have to be sympathetic to a libertarian view of the world to enjoy fully, but all the actors do a good job and the screenplay dialogue is right out of the book. I think Ayn Rand fans will enjoy and feel these adaptations are as good as feature films can do.
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