I freely admit to have never read Ayn Rand's doorstop of a book 'Atlas Shrugged' . To be honest the sheer repellent awfullness of 'The Fountainhead' was enough to make sure I never went near anything by her again. I was thus, underwhelmed to say the least, by the idea that anyone would waste good money on making a film from anything she had written.
I know it is possible of course to make good movies out of bad books - and believe me even if Atlas Shrugged is 10 times better than The Fountainhead it is still a bad book - but the reviews don't seem encouraging. The Randites of course love it and pop out of the woodwork to heap venom on any critical reviewer.
I still think this is probably a good summary though:
‘There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.'