• • • Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike
Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago Atlas Shrugged movie |Atlas Shrugged |Egoism |Paul Ryan | More competently assembled (but less lively) than its predecessor, Part II initially resembles a microbudgeted Star Wars installment, with Dagny flying a private jet in high-speed pursuit of another plane. How she got there requires flashing back to nine months earlier, a period that includes Sean Hannity and Juan Williams cameos as well as Rearden laying the groundwork for a kind of inverse-Occupy movement. “I do not recognize the good of others as a justification for my existence,” he declares, to cheers in the courtroom where he’s on trial. You picture a South Park–style banner under every scene: “This is what Paul Ryan actually believes.” In America, the right to make a ridiculous movie is sacrosanct.