Atlas Shrugged: Part I

Watch Atlas Shrugged: Part I

"Who is John Galt?"
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 5.6  (14,266)
  • 28

Atlas Shrugged: Part I is a 2011 movie that brings Ayn Rand's popular novel to life. The film stars Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, and Matthew Marsden, and is directed by Paul Johansson. The plot of the movie is set in a dystopian future where the United States of America is on the brink of collapse, and the government is struggling to cope with the economic crisis. The government has taken control of most industries, and the economy is stagnating. In such a milieu, we are introduced to three main characters Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden, and Ellis Wyatt.

Dagny, played by Taylor Schilling, is the Vice President of Operations of Taggart Transcontinental, a company that specializes in transportation. Hank Rearden, played by Grant Bowler, is the owner of Rearden Steel, a company that revolutionized the steel industry. Ellis Wyatt, played by Matthew Marsden, is the founder of Wyatt Oil, which has discovered a new and innovative way to extract oil from shale rock.

Dagny, Hank, and Ellis are all successful and innovative entrepreneurs, but they are frustrated with the government's constant interference in their businesses. They believe that the government's regulations and policies are stifling innovation and progress. In their view, the government is spending too much money and is creating an unsustainable welfare state.

Dagny, Hank, and Ellis decide to take matters into their own hands and start working together to create an alternative economy. They form a partnership with the goal of building a new railway line that will run from Colorado to Wyoming. This new railway line, called the John Galt Line, will be a symbol of their defiance against the government.

However, as they start working on the John Galt Line, they start facing numerous obstacles. The government, supported by a group of prominent businessmen, is hell-bent on stopping them. Dagny, Hank, and Ellis realize that they are not just fighting against the government but also against a powerful and mysterious adversary who goes by the name John Galt.

As they progress with their project, the trio realizes that John Galt is actually a symbol of all the innovative entrepreneurs who have stopped working and are now disappearing from society. John Galt's philosophy is simple, withdraw your support from the government, create your own economy, and leave the rest of the world to fend for itself. He believes that the government does not deserve the services of the successful entrepreneurs, and they should not support it in any way.

As the trio's struggle against their adversaries continues, they begin to question whether their ideology is sustainable in the long run. They start to realize that they might not be able to build their new economy without the participation of the government. They also realize that some of their colleagues might not be willing to join their cause, which could lead to their downfall.

The movie is a thought-provoking commentary on the role of government in society and the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in driving the economy forward. The main characters, Dagny, Hank, and Ellis, represent the best of Christian capitalism and their struggles against the government and other adversaries are symbolic of the struggles of all innovative entrepreneurs. The movie leaves the viewers with a lot of questions on the role of government, the importance of innovation, and the boundaries of capitalism.

In conclusion, Atlas Shrugged: Part I is an engaging and thought-provoking movie that explores the themes of entrepreneurship and the role of government in society. The movie is carried by strong performances from the lead actors, Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, and Matthew Marsden. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who believes in innovation, free markets, and the importance of individualism.

Atlas Shrugged: Part I is a 2011 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 28.

Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Where to Watch Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Atlas Shrugged: Part I is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Hulu and Amazon Prime, Apple TV Channels, Starz, The Roku Channel, Apple TV and Amazon. Some platforms allow you to rent Atlas Shrugged: Part I for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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