“Who is John Galt?” If the question doesn’t remind you of something, then you probably haven’t read “Atlas Shrugged,” the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, which has sold more than 7 million copies and is considered to be one of 20th century’s most influential books. The book has finally been adapted into a movie (at least part of it – 1st of 3).

The movie, “Atlas Shrugged: Part I,” was released last Friday to 300 screens in 80 markets. The movie is part of trilogy is an independent and low cost movie, made by a first-time director and little-known actors. Check the preview –

It was great to be alive, once, but the world was perishing. Factories were shutting down, transportation was grinding to a halt, graineries were empty–and key people who had once kept it running were disappearing all over the country. As the lights winked out and the cities went cold, nothing was left to anyone but misery. No one knew how to stop it, no one understood why it was happening – except one woman, the operating executive of a once mighty transcontinental railroad, who suspects the answer may rest with a remarkable invention and the man who created it – a man who once said he would stop the motor of the world. Everything now depends on finding him and discovering the answer to the question on the lips of everyone as they whisper it in fear: Who *is* John Galt? Source: www.imdb.com

The movie is directed by Paul Johansson and the screenplay is written by John Aglialoro. The movie stars Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler and Paul Johansson.

The 97-minute film is a faithful adaptation of the first third of the book, with some adjustments made for modern audiences: It takes place in the year 2016, when gasoline costs $37.50 a gallon, train travel predominates and clothes, cellphones and offices look pretty much as they do on a “Law & Order” rerun. Dagny, played by Taylor Schilling of the now-canceled television show “Mercy,” is still trying to hold Taggart Transcontinental together. She’s building a train line with a new metal alloy made by the man who is also her love interest, steel magnate Hank Rearden (former “True Blood” werewolf Grant Bowler). Much of the film’s dialogue comes straight from Rand’s often didactic prose and, perhaps as a result of the quick and thrifty adaptation, some dramatic action scenes are left out and key props, like a supposedly groundbreaking motor, look more jury-rigged than cutting-edge.Source: articles.latimes.com


Current ratings –

Users at IMDb give the movie 6.8 out of 10

At Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of the users liked it.


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