‘Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?’ TV Political Commercial on the Big Screen

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? TV Political Commercial on the Big Screen

The film, Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is the final title of the third segment in an Ann Rand trilogy that began life as a TV miniseries and looking at clips from the films they actually resemble political broadcast messages splashed on the big screen. As further evidence that these movies are intended to elicit some sort of significant meaning to a specific side of the political spectrum one only has to look at the marketing focus of the filmmakers. Special interest was placed upon keeping the “Tea Party,” informed about the film to name but one group who received special attention.

In a world where the government is increasing its involvement in the day to day lives of “Mr. and Mrs America” (and all the ships at sea thank you Walter Winchell) the message that less control is better may not be a bad thing. It should be remembered that this ever growing interest in just what “ma and pa” are up to behind closed doors started before the present administration got into power. However, the clips of each of the Atlas Shrugged films all seem very dialogue heavy and, for lack of a better word, plodding. So regardless of who holds the reins of power, the message may get lost in what looks to be the sheer drudgery of the delivery.

These snapshot images of the message heavy film trilogy reinforce that they began life as something meant for the small screen. Putting Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? on the big screen as some sort of political commercial may well have been a “labor of love” for someone, but most likely would have played better on TV.

It should be noted that the writer of this article has not seen any of the films and can only comment on the clips that have been uploaded on YouTube. The information submitted here is based upon the available
“facts” about the trilogy. Suffice to say that even the late great Roger Ebert did not like the first in the trilogy and it does not take sitting through all the films to see why.

The “world premiere” took place in Las Vegas at the Brenden Palms, with a cast party for the stars and producer at the same venue later. A look at the guest list for the after-movie event appears to be very politician heavy. Local Vegas radio talk show host Alan Stock was the MC of the premiere and producer John Aglialoro introduced the actors who attended the premiere and “discussed” the film.

According to one participant, the stars of the feature fulfilled their portion of the meet and greet by forming a reception line and also posed for pictures. On the surface, this movie may be a resurgence of interest in the late Ayn Rand’s literary works but it does feel a little like just one more cinematic dystopian vision.

The plot, as summarized by IMDb is that “one man swore to change the world and one woman stands in his way.” Produced by Atlas 3 Production and distributed by the Atlas Distribution Company, the film is an independent feature with no apparent ties to any major studio. Going to the movie’s official website, visitors are given the opportunity to subscribe to an “Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Newsletter” and offered the chance to “Demand Atlas” at a cinema near them.

Fans of Ayn Rand’s message in the book may swallow their political affiliation and rush out to see Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? before the movie is broadcast on what should have been its original medium of choice, TV. Alternatively, they could well wait for the DVD box set where they can listen to Ron Paul commentate on the events and skip the commercials. For those who are interested, the film opens on September 12, 2014, not necessarily at a cinema near “you.”

By Michael Smith

Sources:

IMDb

atlasshruggedmovie.com

rogerebert.com

6 Responses to "‘Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?’ TV Political Commercial on the Big Screen"

  1. Michael Smith   September 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    To the question of this article being a “review,” it is not and not once in the entire piece does the word review appear. It is an article, reviews that I write say review in both the title and the category. Cheers.

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  2. roboslater   September 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    A review based on clips? How many? How long were they? And what’s with all of the quotation marks round words in your “review”?

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  3. Robert Beard   September 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I watched the 1:40 PM showing and was very satisfied with the movie. The actors Kristoffer Polaha and Laura Regan did an outstanding job portraying John Galt and Dagny Taggert in Part III of Ayn Rand’s story “Atlas Shrugged.” The producers were challenged to condense the large volume of content from Part III, while capturing all of the main elements of the storyline and philosophical discourse. Part III could have easily been broken up into 2 separate movies, but I think the producers did a fine job in condensing it down into just 1 movie. While it is better to see movie Parts I and II first to get the full context of the story, I thought the producers did a great job making Part III essentially stand-alone, using narration to provide the essential elements of the back story. Fans of the book will be pleased to see the story jumping from the pages of the book to the big screen. Those who cherish individual freedom will enjoy this movie. Collectivists will predictively hate it.

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  4. Richard Robinson   September 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Did you really just review a movie you admitted you didn’t see? I enjoyed the film very much and I think Kristoffer Polaha and Laura Regan were spectacular. I think you will agree if you ever see the film.

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  5. Noel Spaid   September 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Saw it today, good+ to production value, acting good, story fun, expect
    it to follow certain line and does, bit obvious, scenery FABULOUS, and carries theme through, heavy but pretty well done and quite enjoyable- Galt was excellent in the role and message, while heavy-handed (as was Rand), is more necessary today then ever before – SEE IT, then –
    THINK ABOUT IT – loved it!

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  6. Joy Sutton   September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Is this supposed to be a movie review even though the author admits halfway through the article he hasn’t seen the movie? I do believe the current state of journalism can be summed up in one phrase: “Who is John Galt?”

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