Train In Vain
Before I begin, no post about Atlas Shrugged is complete if it does not include this:
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.- KF Monkey
So, for your Friday evening’s viewing pleasure (courtesy of DougJ aka A Writer At Balloon Juice, LLC) and pretty much everyone else who has stumbled across this youtube nugget: Atlas Shrugged: The Movie, coming soon to cinema emporium hopefully nearer to you than me.
Trains. Who in America doesn’t want to see more movies with lots and lots of trains in them? And industrialists talking about money and profits. And trains. Let’s go to the imdb description:
A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her.
As we can see from the preview, Dagny is going to shut down her train business and that will make America fail. Because America’s trains …. well, I guess they power iPhones or make porn or something. And we all know that America cannot live without those things.
According to someone at imdb who seems to be in the know:
Rand’s dramatic classic comes to the screen after decades of endeavor. Although on a tight budget, it is well cast, and the story is given a modern setting to appeal more to today’s audiences.
If they wanted to update it to appeal to modern audiences then the trains would change into big robots are start fighting each other amidst shit blowing up. Then they could have gotten Michael Bay to make this film. It would still be shitty, but at least it would make money.
One last note: I can just see the producers pitching the third and concluding episode to the studios (after the second installment Atlas Shrugged II: The Phantom Audience tanks): “Okay. This is the best part: Three hours of John Galt giving this totally killer speech…. No that’s it. No, no more trains. Just the speech” at which point it will be agreed upon to edit it down to “Greed is good.” Maybe throw in some footage of trains going in tunnels just to get an R-rating and some buzz on the street.