The Aftermath of the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Movie: Part One

‘Atlas Shrugged’ Producer Promises Two Sequels Despite Terrible Reviews, Poor Box Office – The Hollywood Reporter

The man who says he spent $10 million of his own money to bring Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 to the big screen vowed Wednesday to go through with his plans to make the next two installments, even though critics hate the movie and business at movie theaters has fallen off a cliff. [...]

[John Aglialoro] defended his film Wednesday by accusing professional film reviewers of political bias. How else, he asks, to explain their distaste for a film that is liked by the audience? At Rottentomatoes.com, 7,400 people gave it an average 85% score. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, though, gave the movie zero stars, and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it one. A dozen others were equally dismissive.

“It was a nihilistic craze,” Aglialoro said. “Not in the history of Hollywood has 16 reviewers said the same low things about a movie. “They’re lemmings,” he said. “What’s their fear of Ayn Rand? They hate this woman. They hate individualism.

Or, perhaps they liked Ayn Rand’s work of art and actually did hate Aglialoro’s movie (who did not use the script written by Rand). Let’s hope he doesn’t turn Part III into an opera.

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  • Dbasberg

    I thought the movie part one was well done and I will see all the parts that are made. I will also buy all the DVDs as they become available. I think the movie will spur interest in the book for many more people that see the movie. In my area in Michigan, the movie was not promoted at all by the theatres. The attendance was good at one showing and bad at another (I saw it twice). A person I talked to after the movie was moved emotionally and intended to read the book. I think that is a strong merit of the movie. I am perhaps not sophisticated in my tastes but the movie was true to my understanding of Objectivism. Few movies I have seen come close to this one in objectivism protrayal.

  • Rational Keith

    Bizarre – sounds petulant, which does not gain points.

    I hear he has straightened out and does plan to continue.

    ….. Rational keith

  • Anonymous

    For a great movie from an Objectivist perspective see Chocholat!

  • Anonymous