If there was something you could change about any of the three specific films in the Atlas Shrugged Trilogy, what would it be?

Posted by JRMR 5 years, 2 months ago to Movies
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List any changes you would make if you could about one of the three films. Don't talk about the trilogy as a whole, talk about one of the films specifically. You can list problems in each of the films seperately if you want as well.

For me what I would change is the extreme amount of narration in Part III to many talking heads and not enough showing of the world. Too much exposition.


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  • Posted by LetsShrug 5 years, 2 months ago
    I would change part III.. Mainly to include much more of the third part of AS. :) too many to mention. I would also upgrade the props, namely John galt's electrocution scene, and I'd kill dagny's made up line at the end "you are my forever".. oh! And also hank readen's line (yes, hank was in the movie) "we gotta go get Eddie!". No, ya don't...no one goes to go get Eddie!
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    • Posted by dave42 5 years, 2 months ago
      Here's my take on what I'd have done differently in AS3.
      This is the result of thinking about it for 5 minutes, so it isn't an exhaustive list.

      Lillian's blackmail of Dagny
      Dagny's radio speech
      Dagny and Hank's meeting afterward
      Project X (demo and Stadler takeover attempt, gives a reason for the Taggart Bridge collapse)
      Eddie's recognition of Galt's voice at the Thompson speech (needs setup in earlier movies)
      In the Gulch, have arrivals be in the same order as the book (prevent timeline confusion)
      Francisco's "I don't have to leave" line.
      Dagny meets Ragnar at Galt's house, breakfast on June 1st.
      The September 2 destruction of d'Anconia Copper (even if as a brief news report)
      The "Brother, you asked for it" line, somewhere....

      I know this applies to all 3 movies but I'll say it anyways: Invent a time machine, bring a Fantasy Island-era Ricardo Montalban forward in time and cast him as Francisco.
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  • Posted by $ Radio_Randy 5 years, 2 months ago
    Get rid of the damn cellphones in Galt's Gulch!

    Really...out in the middle of nowhere AND they have cell service? How about the fact that cellphones can be tracked? Did nobody think that the government might be looking for these folks?

    Also, the homes were far too well built. This was to be a simple, primitive community, where people built their own places. At least, give them log cabins or places built of stone...those could still be pretty nice.
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  • Posted by RickBulow1974 5 years, 2 months ago
    Now I liked the commentary in AS3.

    What I would personally change is have a substoryline of Hank and Lillian Rearden in AS3. I would have loved to see him walk out on her after he lost his company.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hire Clint Eastwood to direct and give him authority to tell the story. Let him hire the script writers, the actors, raise the funding, and roll the dice on getting results.
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  • Posted by Snabs 4 years, 11 months ago
    If I could only change one thing it would be to answer the question: what is Dagny trying to accomplish? I came away from the movie with the sense that Dagny lost. The world fell into the hands of the looters and no lesson was learned by the strike. The movie should not be called Atlas Shrugged. The name should be Atlas Surrendered.

    I came away from the movie with the sense that the strike had no purpose. A strike is an attempt to show the value of your labor by ceasing activity. Atlas Shrugged 3 left me with the sense that stopping the motor of the world taught nothing. I also left with the sense that Dagny failed in her attempt to save the railroad. The movie felt like it was written by committee, a government bureaucratic collage.
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  • Posted by PatrioticConservative 5 years, 1 month ago
    The inconsistency of characters in each roll made it a difficult sell. I had watched all 3 back to back with my son that is not much into all this. He said they weren't bad but hard to follow and get behind. And he didn't even make it through the first 10 minutes of 3 before he had enough. Its hard to win over like mines and guide others that are not sure what to believe with that kind of material. I as a dedicated Capitalist loving American was able to get behind it, but 3 did a terrible job of setting a final point. Was it a romance or a world as we know it ending movie? Dagny went from young (30,s) in 1 to slightly older (40's)looking in 2 to a 20 something beaut in 3. That's a hard carry over to saddle with a lead part. The end of 2 has Gault pulling Dagny out of the plane, but the beginning of 3 has her laying on the ground when he approaches. So a contrast right from the beginning. The absence of Reardon in 3 was just terrible. Especially when she has this history with him and the first thing she does is call him when she gets back. But still no Hank. Must not have been much to their relationship then being such a quick drop for Gault. And all the romantic and sexual scenes was just a turn off in 3. Its the end of the world as we know it, so lets sneak away for a quicky in a train tunnel. Yeah, that's a real reaction. Overall, I loved 1 and 2 was good but not great. But 3 was a total disappointment to me when I waited so long for it to be released and buy it. I think a recast and remake should be in order. Make it as like 3 was all a dream in Dagny's head since because she was in a coma for years from the crash. That would be a great setup for why 3 even existed and can carry the conflict of 3 in her head as she tries to get her life and the business organized again. Just my opinion.
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  • Posted by Mulligan 5 years, 1 month ago
    Keep the cast of Atlas Shrugged One consistent throughout the trilogy. As I mentioned in a post in the movie section, Part 1 was pretty good, the cast was excellent. Part 2 was poor. Part 3 was beyond poor, trying to masquerade as a wannabe episode of "The Blacklist", Ayn Rand's opus be damned. All in all, a thoroughly disappointing experience. I collected all three parts over three years, opting to watch them consecutively in one sitting. I will never get those wasted hours back. I have been an Objectivist for 43 years. Ms. Rand must be rolling over in her grave.
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  • Posted by $ Durfwood 5 years, 2 months ago
    Get some continuity of characters, 3 movies 3 different actors for the main rolls.

    Turn Who is John Galt into a movie not an overplayed cheesy love story. I was so disappointed with part 3 it was an insult to parts 1 & 2.
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  • Posted by UncommonSense 5 years, 2 months ago
    I agree with most of what folks recommend here. I really wished Hank was more prominent in the 3rd one. His absence was in the 3rd was puzzling to me, considering how prominent he was in the first two movies and of course, in the book.
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