The ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Trailer is Appropriately Shrug Worthy

Who is John Galt, and does anyone care?

For all I know, “meh” is not actually a word, but somehow it perfectly describes the new Atlas Shrugged trailer. This movie has been through true development hell – detailing every incarnation would be a long, strange trip, but for some reason, no one’s ever pulled the trigger on it until now.

Its 40 year ride through development, through Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe, through Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, has deposited it here – without any big stars and split up into three films.

It sees an appropriate release on April 15th, 2011, and you can check out the trailer for yourself:

Of course, this isn’t the first Ayn Rand novel to get an adaptation. The Fountainhead, and We The Living came before, and Rand wrote a few screenplays (including those) herself. However, this will be the first adaptation of her work done in 25 years.

It looks like the basic action flick with political underpinnings. Maybe that’s what it would have always been all along, but it seems like fans might be a bit upset if their beloved novel simply turns into The Sum of All Railroads. Plus, why stick with railroads? The main characters, Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden, are line tycoons in the novel but why not update the characters if the setting is going to be updated?

On the other hand, that seems like minutia compared to the look of the trailer – specifically the fairly pedestrian way its shot. It looks almost close to looking like a movie. Unfortunately, I have a feeling those deficits will be even more apparent on the big screen. I’d be curious to see what cameras they shot on.

On the positive hand, there are a lot of familiar faces in supporting roles to keep momentum going, and maybe we should all let them FINISHING SPEAKING.

The movie was directed by first-timer Paul Johansson and stars Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, and Michael Lerner.

What say you? And please, please, please don’t let this devolve into a huge diatribe-riddled comments section about Ayn Rand and Objectivism and the Tea Party. Thanks in advance.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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