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  •  I just suffered through Part I... (11+ / 0-)

    of Atlas Shrugged on Netflix a couple nights ago, but I can't bring myself to watch Part II. It was quite simply one of the worst movies I've ever watched. I mean this movie almost makes Starship Troopers look good. The special effects are 1980s TV-series quality, the set lighting makes it look like a day-time soap, the acting is terrible, and the dialog is cringe-inducing.

    Aside from a couple of homeless people and a brief shot of some railway workers, the only people in the movie are the rich "heroes", their servants, and their adversaries. The movie gives the impression that the only people who do anything are the rich captains of industry. Everyone else is useless. These Masters of the Universe built their companies from nothing all by themselves despite the evil government getting in their way at every turn. Dagny has to handle every single problem by herself (because everyone else is too stupid or incompetent, I guess), Reardon makes all of his "metal" all by himself (seriously, there are several shots of steel being made, but nobody is there except Reardon), and apparently railways are self-assembling.

    I was hoping to hear compelling arguments for small government capitalism. Didn't happen. The whole plot is just...I can't even think of an appropriate description of how lame it is. I'm having a very hard time understanding how anyone could worship this garbage. How faithful is the movie to the book? Seriously, I want those two hours back.

    •  You dare dis Starship Troopers! (3+ / 0-)
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      LongRider, schumann, Shliapnikov

      Starship Troopers is one of the best "bad" movies of all time!  The in-move commerical with the kids stomping bugs "doing their part" to fight the alien menace while their onlooking mother is having an apparent orgasmic spasm of joy is worth the price of admission. Don't be a hater!

      ---"It's an ugly planet!  It's a bug planet!"

    •  Thanks for the tip.... (0+ / 0-)

      was gonna spend the X amount of time on  the movie rather than the book, saves time, don't you know, but I think I'll just settle for the author's diary

      What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

      by cagernant on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:26:04 PM PDT

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      •  The book is VERY different from the movie, (1+ / 0-)
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        almost as though the director hijacked the title and the names of a few characters, and made a completely different film (which I understand is pretty much what happened).

        The book is a standard Heinlein bildungsroman (young man growing up and finding his place in the world), this time exploring the ramifications of being in, basically, the Space Marines. The world-background exists to propose the Space Marines as a reasonable career for a fairly bright and enterprising young fellow, and the interstellar war just sort of sneaks up on everybody (it isn't even on the horizon until quite a few chapters into the book).

        "Coming of age in the military" is something Heinlein knew about from personal experience, since he started out as a US Naval officer (medically discharged, much to his dismay a few years into what he had expected would be a lifetime career). So naturally he would regard military service as a Good Thing for those who could make a go of it.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 08:43:30 PM PDT

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        •  Are you talking about Atlas Shrugged (0+ / 0-)

          metaphorically somehow, or Starship Troopers? I'm fairly certain cagernant is talking about Atlas Shrugged.

          •  Starship Troopers came up anyway :-) (0+ / 0-)

            and I don't think anyone could make a good movie of Atlas Shrugged.

            If it's
            Not your body,
            Then it's
            Not your choice
            And it's
            None of your damn business!

            by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 05:32:03 PM PDT

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