As last-minute tax filers scramble to make the deadline, a new film based on a famous libertarian and Tea Party text, atlast shrugged Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, hits select theaters today. The current popularity of limited-government groups had nothing to do with the timing of Atlas Shrugged Part I (of three), according to U.S. News reporter Jessica Rettig. She reports that the filmmaker bought the rights to the Rand novel nearly 20 years ago but couldn’t find a mainstream studio that would make the movie. He decided to produce it independently rather than lose the rights.
Even so, the film, which premiered at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, hits on a key political theme in the nation. It is predicted to do well in Tea Party and libertarian circles despite some initial negative reviews of its acting and pacing.
Some reviewers suggest seeing the movie is a good idea for anyone hoping to better understand the limited-government point of view, and the famous book is nothing to sneeze at. A 1991 survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club ranked the 1957 bestselling novel as the second most influential book ever, behind the Bible. The New York Times reports that the novel still sells tens of thousands of copies each year.
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