Ayn Rand was a mediocre writer who railed against mediocrity in Atlas Shrugged. I watched the first installment of the onscreen trilogy and was struck by how very mediocre it was, a point echoed by other reviewers. Frankly, I have been afraid to watch the second chapter after early reports described a film that was a step down in production values from a SyFy “original,” and it apparently did even worse at the box office than the first movie. But the conclusion might actually hoodwink a sizable audience on opening night thanks to the combined cameo star power of Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Grover Norquist. Rand’s inbred intellectual children are apparently eager to affect the midterm elections by scheduling this bomb for the weekend of September 11th.
Of course, this is the episode that must include John Galt’s famous 70-page speech. As you can see by the duration of the embedded reading below, this suggests Atlas Shrugged: Part III could potentially clock in at five hours unless it is drastically abridged, and of course the ‘sexiest’ parts will be the first to go. So in a final irony that would probably make her vomit, Rand’s acolytes will effectively Bowdlerize her novel just to keep bored and confused audiences from walking out of theaters.
Edit: this article has been edited to correct Ron Paul’s name. I apologize for the error.