Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike [Blu-ray] (Steelbook Special Edition)
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This very unique Blu-ray is packaged in a d'Anconia Copper Embossed Special Edition Metal STEELBOOK case as with the Part I Rearden Steel blu-ray.
Disc 2 (DVD) Exclusive Special Features
- "I am John Galt." fan video compilation
- "Atlas" by Nomad slideshow
- Behind the Scenes featurette
Atlas Society Special Features
- Three beautifully produced video commentaries with David Kelley
- Exclusive interviews with the cast of Atlas Shrugged Part 2
- Panel sessions from the 2012 Atlas Summit
Reason Special Features
- Reason.tv: What We Saw at the World Premiere of Atlas Shrugged Part 2
- David Nott: Why Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged is More Controversial - and Relevant - Than Ever
- Brian Doherty: How Ayn Rand Became the Original Radical for Capitalism
Freedomworks Special Features
- One-on-one Matt Kibbe interview on why Atlas matters: "Atlas Today with Matt Kibbe"
- Mashup video "Is Atlas Shrugging?"
- "Behind the Scenes at Atlas Shrugged Part II with Michael Duncan"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I love Samantha Mathis in her part, but damn, who did her makeup?
Patrick Fabian is incredible as James Taggart, but I would have MUCH preferred to see him as Hank Rearden.
He is such a nice guy, it's hard to see him play such a louse.
In three movies, they couldn't even give us a hint of Cherryl's story? She was such a rich character. They got a perfect actress to play her.
I loved that she got to say her one iconic line, but it didn't make a lot of sense unless you read the book.
And absolutely no racism intended, but Eddie Willers is black? Really? Ok, I didn't picture that one. He's really good though. Another character with a rich story that we aren't allowed to see.
I want a do over.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ayn Rand was a genius. This is a great movie with a great message -- very timely. It's about the owners (who have integrity0 of big businesses saving themselves from the collapse... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Aki
Great movie that clearly describes the time that we are presently in and how our country is becoming a socialist country.Published 11 days ago by JB
Sorry they had to change all of the actors. Would've been nice to keep the same from part one. They were the best of all threePublished 27 days ago by D. Hampton
The second instalment just did not have quite the punch as the first and third instalmentsPublished 2 months ago by Greg