Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.

Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Love Streams (Blu-ray)
Ghostbusters Limited Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray)
The Qatsi Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Three Colors Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Blu-ray)
Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotica Cinema (Blu-ray)
Shame (Blu-ray)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)
Jumanji (Blu-ray)
Chuck: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Snowpiercer (Blu-ray)
Cat Planet Cuties: Complete Series S.A.V.E. (Blu-ray)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)
Hook (Blu-ray)
Home for Christmas: André Rieu Live In Concert (Blu-ray)
Rob Zombie: The Zombie Horror Picture Show (Blu-ray)

Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike

2012 | 112 min | PG-13 | 1.78:1

Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

User reviews

No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal



Theatrical release date

 12 October, 2012

Country of origin

 United States

Box office




Overview Releases Preview Cast & crew Screenshots User reviews News Forum

Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike


Screenshots from Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike Blu-ray

Atlas Shrugged: Part II ‑ The Strike Preview  

 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, October 12, 2012

I missed out on reviewing last year’s “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” for many reasons, with limited theater availability and a lack of personal interest my primary motivation to pass on an opportunity to screen the picture. Also a compelling reason to dodge the feature was the furor surrounding the film’s inspiration, as I knew little about author Ayn Rand outside of her basic philosophical leanings, which appear to cause a great deal of wonderful people a considerable amount of unnecessary frustration. Despite an admirable push to generate some hoopla around the release, “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” bombed at the box office and then gathered dust as a home video release. It seemed as though this “Part I” of a proposed trilogy would be as far as Rand’s most successful work would get on the big screen. However, never underestimate the power of a wealthy producer (in this case, John Aglialoro). 18 months later, and we now have “Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike.” It’s time for me to bite the bullet.

When we last saw Dagny Taggart (Samantha Mathis), she was left with the mystery of John Galt and his mission to tempt America’s leading minds into hiding, leaving the country to burn under increasingly hostile government control. Watching brother James (Patrick Fabian) fumble control of the family railroad business, Dagny figures out on her own plans of energy salvation, working with scientist Quentin Daniels (Diedrich Bader) to bring a special static electricity device to life, thus solving the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Suffering through the volcanic economic change is Henry Rearden (Jason Beghe), a super-steel magnate about to lose his thriving business to the sticky-fingered demons of Washington, while his tender affair with Dagny is challenged by frosty wife Lillian (Kim Rhodes). Working to crack the static electricity solution while keeping her family business afloat despite mismanagement and horrifying train disasters, Dagny finds herself inching closer to the John Galt enigma, watching as more men are snatched away by a movement that believes in individual industrial control and the betterment of humanity through self-preservation.

While the story and the John Galt question are furthered along in “Part II,” this isn’t the same “Atlas Shrugged” as before. While the original picture enjoyed a mid-to-low budget, building the Rand world through lavish business offices, cold Colorado streets, and tastefully decorated social gatherings, “Part II” has been constructed with a noticeable lack of money, with the look of the feature considerably smaller in scope, while visual effects, a noted failure in the first movie, are even worse, with ugly, unsteady CGI reinforcing the somewhat hasty plan to make a sequel nobody really asked for. Coins have been counted for “Part II,” and while most follow-ups largely attempt to out-wow their cinematic antecedent, this effort is clearly struggling to maintain a hold on a futureworld of misery. The empty cities, expansive railroad lines, and towering buildings just don’t have the stability and size to convince.

Interestingly, perhaps the producers of “Part II” were more aware of the complaints leveled at “Part I” than previously thought. There’s an enormous amount of course correction going on in the sequel, with the script emphasizing action and suspense when the original film could barely muster a raised eyebrow during its seemingly endless parade of hushed corporate dealings. Boardroom happenings and office showdowns remain a primary component of the picture, yet “Part II” looks to thrill the audience, even opening with a flash-forward to the climatic private jet chase, displaying a sci-fi-tinged hot pursuit before people have a chance to settle into their theater seats. Government takeovers are given a little more venom, there’s a massive third-act train accident, and the cocktail hour atmosphere of “Part I” has been replaced with a doomsday ambiance, finding the Fair Share Act inspiring citizens to protest, with one grizzled individual at a bus stop taking a moment to carve out a tombstone for the death of America. There’s even a pronounced effort to inject a little more sex appeal into “Part II,” with Mathis wearing a series of cleavage-boosting outfits, while Lillian is reimagined as a dominatrix-type, with steel bangs and sleek clothes, making the character stand out as a threat.

Curiously, the ensemble has been completely replaced for “Part II.” Not a soul from the original film has returned, for reasons unknown. Fresh thespian blood helps to buoy the effort to a degree, with Mathis a more compelling presence as Dagny. She can’t match Taylor Schilling’s modelesque poise in “Part I,” but Mathis is a more emotionally available performer, helping to understand the character’s sense of concern and exhaustion with the continued unavailability of the world’s leading minds. Beghe makes for a more commanding Rearden, with his growly voice and prizefighter slouch creating a stronger portrait of a man trying to protect his business in the face of government rule. Rhodes also makes a wonderful impression as Lillian, cranking up the spousal villainy to pleasing levels of camp. The only actor here that’s real trouble is Esai Morales, who goes full ham as mine tycoon Francisco d’Anconia, treating his speeches as acting school audition opportunities, with discomfort clearly visible on the faces of his slightly more subtle co-stars.

There is a collection of recognizable faces peppered throughout the picture, a grand departure from “Part I” and its mostly unfamiliar cast. Ayre Gross, Thomas F. Wilson, Richard T. Jones, Michael Gross, Patricia Tallman, Paul McCrane, D.B. Sweeney, Ray Wise, and Teller (of Penn & Teller) join the “Part II” economic apocalypse party. It’s not a marquee-melting supporting cast, but famous character actors ease the viewing experience, contributing little blasts of personality.

Obviously, “Atlas Shrugged” is a political story and a slightly goofy one at that. Whatever relevance the material had in its publication year of 1957 is largely diluted now, with the world’s overpopulation woes posing a great challenge to Rand’s construction of objectivism. The producers introduce a 99 percenters tone to the sequel (while oddly removing mentions of its 2017 setting) to keep the tale timely, while the rampant abuse of government power and social control provides a defined parallel to the challenges of this election year. The portrait of American gloom and doom has its layers of meanings and philosophies, but I’d rather approach “Atlas Shrugged: Part II - The Strike” as a clumsy B-movie with occasional entertainment value, mildly enjoying its determined take on bullet trains, super steel, and the mystery of this John Galt fellow, who finally comes into play in the feature’s closing moments, triggering yet another cliffhanger conclusion when it seems impossible a “Part III” will ever be made. Then again, I didn’t think we’d see a “Part II,” creating genuine interest in the monetary and casting direction the next installment might take.

Starring: Samantha Mathis, D.B. Sweeney, Michael Gross, Ray Wise, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales
Director: John Putch

» See full cast & crew

Have you seen this movie?

Rate and write your own review
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Gold Box Deal of the Day
Today only: $44.99

Buy Now


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
3. Toy Story of Terror!
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
6. Y Tu Mamá También
7. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Four...
8. Leviathan
9. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
11. Hercules
12. Tarzan
13. Once Upon a Time: The Complete Thir...
14. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
15. Nymphomaniac

Trending in Theaters
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Expendables 3
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
6. Let's Be Cops
7. Muppets Most Wanted
8. 300: Rise of an Empire
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
11. Divergent
12. Transformers: Age of Extinction
13. The Giver
14. The Raid 2
15. Into the Storm

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series
2.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
4.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
5.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2
6.  Divergent
7.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
8.  The LEGO Movie
9.  Good Will Hunting
10.  Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
3.  X-Men: Days of Future Past
4.  Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
6.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
7.  Godzilla 3D
8.  How to Train Your Dragon 2
9.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10.  The Fault in Our Stars
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series
$44.99, Save 78%
2.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
$24.96, Save 46%
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
$19.96, Save 45%
4.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
$29.99, Save 63%
5.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2
$18.96, Save 54%
6.  Divergent
$19.96, Save 50%
7.  The LEGO Movie
$17.96, Save 50%
8.  Good Will Hunting
$7.50, Save 50%
9.  Transformers: Age of Extinction
$19.99, Save 50%
10.  Frozen
$24.96, Save 45%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series

 United States

$199.99 $44.99

Love Streams

 United States

$39.95 $19.99

Ghostbusters Limited Edition Gift Set

 United States

$149.99 $89.96

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices