Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.
Awards & Rankings
Mixed or average reviews- based on 105 Ratings
Apr 15, 2011This film is a testament to those who are struggling to freely exist within this corrosive society of government/corporate alliance which canThis film is a testament to those who are struggling to freely exist within this corrosive society of government/corporate alliance which can only lead to the eradication of individual rights. The film does the best it can with so many philosophical ideas to address; but instead just focuses on the storytelling to further the plot. Fans of the nanny state will no doubt dislike it; but those who "smell a rat" and understand that this is not the way for human beings to live will see it for the greatness in all of us that is presented.… Full Review »
Apr 15, 2011Jehkul, I'm gonna say this in as few words as possible: No.
If this movie were about World War 2, it would be bad. If this movie wereJehkul, I'm gonna say this in as few words as possible: No.
If this movie were about World War 2, it would be bad.
If this movie were about the moon landings, it would be bad.
If this movie were about the life of Moses, it would be bad.
If this movie were an adaptation of any other piece of literature from any other time or place, it would be bad.
That's at least what the critics are saying, especially Roger Ebert's review. Never mind the political ideology, this movie is so bad that the philosophical underpinnings are irrelevant and don't need to be brought up to give this movie a negative review.
The irony is that this movie is a perfect exercise of self appraisal, as a critic does not need to ask what he is she is contributing: they are all saying "don't waste money on cinematic crap" and frankly that is a good service to society by telling them to go see something else. I appreciate that contribution to society, and anyone else who says otherwise probably takes such things for granted or are just being obtuse for the sake of salvaging their own beliefs.
If you want to talk about institutional bias, rating a movie a 10 because of its message is pretty high on the list of examples, especially when you admit it doesn't deserve that rating.
Don't care about personally rating this movie, but I have to, so I'm gonna say 5 to be neutral.… Full Review »
Apr 15, 2011Excellent! It's funny, I typically use the user reviews to determine whether a movie is good or not. The 'critics' reviews are mostly well-offExcellent! It's funny, I typically use the user reviews to determine whether a movie is good or not. The 'critics' reviews are mostly well-off for my tastes. I appreciate a good movie, with a good message that gets the movie snobs out of their comfort zones. Bravo. Well done!… Full Review »