Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Atlas" Bombed

John Aglialoro, producer and co-screenwriter for the latest attempt to adapt Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", is about to pull the plug on Parts 2 and 3 of the planned trilogy.
Aglialoro attributed the box office drop-off to "Atlas Shrugged's" poor reviews. Only one major critic -- Kyle Smith of the New York Post -- gave "Atlas" a mixed-to-positive review, calling the film "more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item." The movie has a dismal 7% fresh rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes thanks to critics like the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, who said "Atlas" is "crushingly ordinary in every way." Roger Ebert called the film "the most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone’s vault," while Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said the movie "sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal."
The movie got poor reviews because it was poorly made--and too, its central theme that the wealthy don't get enough credit or wealth from the rest of us isn't exactly the most populist message to try and promote at this particular moment in time. A poorly made movie based on a bad story written by a crazy old lady got bad reviews and bombed at the box-office. What a surprise.

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