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Sunday, July 3, 2016

ATLAS SHRUGGED III (2014)

After two woefully inadequate SHRUGS, Part Three of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus stumbles to an unhappy close with this final chapter. By now, everyone in front & behind the camera is barely going thru the motions. We open with the world’s economy at a standstill while man-of-mystery John Galt, along with the cream of heavy-weight creative & management gurus await government submission at some mountain valley hideaway before deigning to design again. If only sexy railroad prexy Dagny Taggart would sign on, get John Galt off, and join the commune? The what? Well, the place sure looks like a commune. Not exactly an ideal Ayn Rand idea, no? And what of a film production company turning to the mass appeal of KickStarter for completion funds. Positively Abject Objectivism!

SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Many roles are (once more) recast in Part III. But John Galt, appearing for the first time, goes to tv actor Kristoffer Polaha who, amusingly, looks like Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner, circa CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC/’80, baby-fat intact.

LINK/WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: Rand hit the same Individualism/Selfishism/Libertarian buttons with more narrative umph (and unintentional giggles) in THE FOUNTAINHEAD/’49. But the best items on her short film CV are a surprisingly effective script for LOVE LETTERS/’45 and an unauthorized Italian adaptation of her (autobiographical?) Russian Revolution/love triangle WE THE LIVING/42. http://www.wethelivingmovie.com/

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