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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 (1,045 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AIBZGJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,735 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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296 of 353 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Part 1 January 2, 2013
Format:DVD
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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245 of 328 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plan 2 from Galt's Gulch February 20, 2013
Format:DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell short of Part 1 April 17, 2013
By Matt K
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I consider myself to be an Atlas Shrugged/Ayn Rand fan, but I found myself rather disappointed with AS: Part 2. I thought Part 1 was quite promising, decent cast and presentation. Part 2, however, felt very amateurish in comparison. Oddly enough, I enjoyed the actors for Rearden and Francisco much better in Part 2, but I think they were hampered by a poorly adapted script.
The special effects were atrocious and reminded me of 10-15 year old sci-fi original pictures. So many shots could have been practical effects, stock footage, or just plain absent and would have been better than the very poor CG that they decided to go with.
Even the parts that should have had great impact, like Francisco's money speech or Rearden's defense at his trial, seemed flat and a bit forced in the film.
If you are also an Atlas Shrugged/Ayn Rand fan, I'm sure you'll want to see this movie. If you are not familiar with the book, skip the movie and go buy the book. I think you'll get a lot more out of it.
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158 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Our Times January 4, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Casting June 13, 2013
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Atlas Shrugged is a great book and a warning to our citizenry about excessive governmental power and the welfare state, but it is also entertainment and to excel in the latter arena, it needs a good cast. The first installment, Atlas Shrugged I, was excellent in every way particularly the cast. For Atlas Shrugged II, the entire main cast was changed, and the result was terrible.

The new cast is lackluster. In fact Dagny Taggart, the principal character, went from a hard driven, sophisticated, glamorous woman to a frump. The other principal characters such as Francisco d'Anconia, Hank Rearden, Eddie Willers and James Taggert were also far less dynamic and appealing.

I also found the cinematography to be of lower quality. If it was not for Ayn Rand's excellent story, I would have turned it off. Giving the film two stars was generous and entirely due to Ayn Rand's masterpiece. I hope that the producers will reprise the original cast for Atlas Shrugged III.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly fun movie with upbeat pacing and attitude.
Well done. Good special effects. Nice pacing and tone.

I won't get into the whole philosophy issue other than to say, if you think you like Ayn Rand then watch the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by ASIC Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first movie very good--- second movie with different actors, not as good
Published 3 days ago by gwen tantillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated
I was almost afraid to watch this given its terrible RT rating (rated around 4!). Happily I learned that this is simply a great movie about what would happen if the Government took... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Neil D. Mclaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars but he liked the first film better in terms of casting
Got this for my father. He seemed okay with it, but he liked the first film better in terms of casting.
Published 5 days ago by William Rendfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book years ago...and appreciate the intention and efforts put forth by the producer.
Published 9 days ago by Artful Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should be required reading for all students in the United States.
Published 11 days ago by D. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book, so the movie couldn't screw it up... love Dagney in this.
Published 12 days ago by Captain Ned Blakely
4.0 out of 5 stars wasn't quite as good cause they weren't able to keep their original...
wasn't quite as good cause they weren't able to keep their original actors. shows the hopelessness the people of a country feel with a corrupt, controlling government that... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Wonderful Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sowho is John Gault?
Published 15 days ago by Maria Coulombe
2.0 out of 5 stars Looters haves seized Atlas shrugged
Atlas Shrugged is about no compromise and the commitment to excellence. This film is a mediocre and a pale response to the novel. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Megarian
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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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