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Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike [Blu-ray] (2012)

Samantha Mathis , Jason Beghe , John Putch  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe
  • Directors: John Putch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Atlas Distribution Company
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (936 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Part two of Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking novel comes to the screen in this thrilling and powerful drama. The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis - a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the World. But, the motor is dead... there is no one left to decipher its secret... and, someone is watching. It's a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good.

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286 of 342 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Part 1 January 2, 2013
This is Part 2 of the Atlas Shrugged series; and it's a powerful continuation of Atlas Shrugged Part 1. I viewed this when it was released into theatres.

This part depicts the United States' further decline into the depths of economic despair. And it shows how increasing government oppression causes the decline to accelerate, even as more and more producers and innovators disappear from industry.

The acting is good to very good. Samantha Mathis brings a more dynamic range of acting skills to Dagny Taggert. Jason Beghe is first rate in his role as Hank Rearden, and Esai Morales is exceptional in his role as Francisco d'Anconia. In fact, I must say that these three are much better suited to their roles, especially at this point in the story. For example, Hank Readen's speech before the court was much more forceful, I think, than if it were rendered by Grant Bowler.

The camera work, computer graphics, scripting, and cinematography are all first rate.

There's nothing that comes close to this story. It is an in-your-face depiction of liberty vs. tyranny, and how an overbearing government impoverishes, and then destroys everyone. I guarantee you'll either love it or hate it, but you won't be neutral.

True to form, the critics bestowed even more hate than they did on Part 1. And yet, the audience seemed to enjoy this even more - for at the film's ending, they stood and applauded! And cheered!

This is a great film and a great story. I highly recommend it.
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236 of 314 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plan 2 from Galt's Gulch February 20, 2013
Ayn Rand must be rolling over in her grave. As readers of Atlas Shrugged know, one of Ayn Rand's sacred words is "competence": she accords it the reverence that a Jesuit reserves for the word "chastity". Her villains aren't merely evil: they're morons who'd have trouble running an elevator. So it's a cruel irony that Atlas Shrugged is being so thoroughly botched.

The origins of this disaster go back some 20 years. In 1992, producer John Aglialoro paid $1 million for an 18-year option on the film rights to Atlas Shrugged. The outlook seemed promising, with big names like Charlize Theron and Anne Hathaway being considered for the lead role. But first a contract with Turner Network Television fell through; then another with Lions Gate Entertainment. Meanwhile the years were ticking by.

Suddenly, it was 2010 with rights on Atlas due to expire on June 15 of that year. Aglialoro made the fateful decision to press on. The screenplay was still being written in May; Director Stephen Polk was dropped at the start of June, with Paul Johansson picked as a replacement. Shooting of Atlas Shrugged Part I began June 13 - two days before the option was to expire - with a Director who had been on the job for two weeks. The whole project has never recovered from that initial panic-stricken rush to beat the expiry deadline.

Predictably, Atlas Shrugged Part I was a pretty shambolic effort: what else could you expect with zero time for planning or reconsideration? But most fatally, none of the actors had been contractually bound to perform in the next two installments. So when the first part bombed, all the actors took their leave. And it turned out that Atlas Shrugged II would need a new Director, as well as a new script writer.
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156 of 214 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Our Times January 4, 2013
I went to see Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, at one of my local theaters the day of its first showing. The film is a pretty accurate reflection of the direction our Nation is taking. Little wonder that the movie makes Hollywood critics and D.C. politicians uncomfortable. The film reveals what they really are and what they are about. The characters are believable, the acting is supurb, and the plot ties into current events very well. I'm looking forward to Part 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fumble. January 20, 2014
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I'll freely admit that I'm one of those persons who has never read "Atlas Shrugged" (though it's now on my list after watching Part I). In the movie adaptation of the famous Rand novel Part I, feeling less like a cinematic event and more like a television mini-series, still drove the important and politically messy and relational points home. Actress Taylor Schilling who plays lead character Dagny Taggart was pitch perfect as the cold-as-ice businesswoman compelled to find the answer of "Who is John Galt" refrain as well as forge her way through the political muck and mire to keep her families business as her families business. Part II here drops the ball by (1) turning this into more of a conventional thriller and (2) by changing actresses to Samanthis Mathis who just doesn't possess the cold, driven faculty that Schilling was able to convey. Part II feels a bit like a mess, trying to heighten tension in more typical Hollywood fashion, rather than allowing the ideas to really compel the viewer. I'll still watch part III (if they ever produce it...) but part II here made me frustrated with the loss of an actress who fit the part nicely and moved toward Hollywood cliché. 2.75 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one June 17, 2013
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After waiting for this after seeing the first one it was a bit of a let down. The original was exciting, suspenseful, the acting was good and we couldn't wait for this 2nd part to come out. As, I guess, in many sequels it just didn't stand up to the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Sue Meserow
3.0 out of 5 stars Changing the Actors. Bad Idea. Execution didn't Suck.
Not as good as part one. Changed the actors. Still pretty good, though.
Published 1 day ago by Forevergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is John Galt?
Great movie. It is supposed to be fiction, but not much is fiction any more.
Published 2 days ago by TheEngineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie I can't wait for III
I enjoyed every minute of it!
Published 3 days ago by Hilleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 4 days ago by dr. gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, can't wait for part 3
Published 4 days ago by ianzz2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Like never before
This movie makes you think.... Like never before. What are certain people doing in our world. Who's really in control?
Published 5 days ago by R.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest Book of Its Kind Ever Written
It has been said many times over the years that Atlas Shrugged is the second most influential book ever written, after the bible. I agree. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie. So I ordered Atlas Shrugged part 1.
Published 6 days ago by Armon A. Christopherson
Saw the first, could hardly wait for this. Remember reading the book in the early 1960's. The acting was great and it shows off Ayn Rand's Objectivist views, which I partly share. Read more
Published 6 days ago by James R. Morrella
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Stalin would be so proud of you five star reviewers!
It's a pretty bad film outside of the sentiments expressed in the poorly written original "novel" by AR.

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