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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, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes
  • Directors: John Putch
  • Writers: Ayn Rand, Brian Patrick O'Toole, Duke Sandefur, Duncan Scott
  • Producers: Ben 'Bud' Brigham, Bernie Laramie, Bruce McNall
  • Format: 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: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (895 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,118 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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284 of 339 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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227 of 304 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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154 of 211 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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! March 15, 2013
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It was as wonderful as Atlas Shrugged 1 and I loved it as much. I'm very much looking forward to Atlas Shrugged III (the ending of II indicated a necessity for another movie). Ms Rand was truly an inspiring visionary and wonderfully talented writer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT for the Rand Lover! June 21, 2013
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While they tried.... they didn't succeed. The movie only vaguely hints at the oft disguised "evils" of collectivism. The cast improved over the first installment (my opinion), but neither even approximated what Rand was trying to convey. For instance, Francisco's "Money is the Root of All Evil?" speech (sililoquy) is one of the most important events in the book (along with Galt's speech over the radio nearer the end of the book). In the MOVEIE, the "money speech" gets a few offhand lines. It is condensed and edited to the point of meaningless drivel. That's just ONE specific example.

I am not a "Randian," but I AM a big fan who has read almost everything she wrote. The movie (as I sort of expected) was an extremely poor effort at portraying how collectivism will (already is) damaging our society and the world. I suppose that if the movie was not scripted, directed, and acted by those familiar with Rand's work... the outcome was inevitable.

Skip the movie.... re-read the book instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ATLAS SHRUGED II
Published 1 day ago by JUDY VAYSSIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Dagny
First question, when does three come out??? I don't think two is as well done as one, but it is still well done. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Susan M Kaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Author was so wise and forseeing ,
Seems to be exactly what our country is coming to if things don't change from its Socialism. This is part 2. I loved both movies and can't wait for the 3rd part.
Published 3 days ago by Spacey
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie of the book
great adaptation of an amazing book that changed my life. love this story and the characters and what they all stand for. the movie was done well.
Published 10 days ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Best movie that I have seen in years! I liked it so much, I joined the Atlas Society and bought the book. I love Ayn Rand's writing and ideals.
Published 15 days ago by Floyd Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
The movie was perfect and I loved the chance to get the D'Anconia Copper Edition. I could not have asked for more.
Published 15 days ago by David L Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie maintains the book's quality and substance
After reading the lenghy novel, it was hard to imagine how the movie could capture all of the important factors necessary to support the reader's interest and understanding, but it... Read more
Published 17 days ago by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this
It is sad how true this movie is. These predictions were made in the early part of the 20th century but have come to fruition.
Published 19 days ago by kb
5.0 out of 5 stars Was all I expected it to be
I find the movie [parts 1 and 2] to be very true to the book. They carry Ayn Rand's message very well. Can't wait for part 3.
Published 19 days ago by FloriShirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for 2014
Both movies, I and II show parallels to our current political climate that are chilling. The movie is a wake up call to anyone that does not care for the way our country is headed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Elizabeth W. Avery
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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.

By the way Jnagarya, I read your comment on my review of the "Beatles Captial Albums" and, according to Lewishon's documentation Martin began mixing albums for stereo... Read more
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