Atlas Shrugged Part One, first movie in a trilogy adapted from the 1,368-page book by Ayn Rand opened today in only 300 theaters to negative reviews by critics.
The trilogy about a dystopia set in United States in which protagonist Dagny Taggart played by actress Taylor Schilling fights against an out of control government received a 6% “Rotten” rating at the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes and got mixed reviews at The New York Post.
Audiences on Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 86% rating, with 5,446 votes.
Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film only one star, who called the film “the most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone’s vault.” He continued by calling the film “boring, meandering, and entirely pointless”.
The first installment of the trilogy was shot in only five weeks with a measly budget of $10 million.
The film is notorious for having been in development for nearly 40 years and was directed by Paul Johansson who directed the Highlander television series. The film stars Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart and Grant Bowler as Hank Rearden.
Many are trying to locate one of the 300 theaters willing to screen the film after the movie created an online buzz around the internet.
When the novel the movie was based on was released in 1957, it initially received negative reviews but went on to become a massive bestseller, something the movies producers hope the film will go on to do.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine wrote, “I was surprised at how good the acting was, the cinematography,” he says. “It looks like it was made for three or four times the budget. It’s well made and tells the story.”