Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike” is the sequel to the 2011 predecessor by director John Putch. The film begins a flash forward scene of Dagny Taggart (Samantha Mathis) flying a plane into a mountain asking “Who is John Galt?” We are then transported to eight months earlier to a country whose economy is in collapse.
The public still relies heavily on public transport, which is where Dagny comes in to play. She is the force behind her family business, Taggart Transcontinental, the national rail company, and is struggling to keep her company running efficiently due to ever-increasing government regulations.
A proactive Dagny begins to take the matters of the country into her own hands when she discovers a static electricity machine that could change how energy is supplied to her fellow citizens. However, she unable to find the creator of the machine as the brightest of society begin mysteriously disappearing.
That’s when the Head of State (Ray Wise) invokes Directive 10-289, the ultimate government takeover freezing everything and everyone in place — wages, business transactions, promotions, and so on.
As things go from bad to worse, Dagny’s friends begin to disappear, each leaving behind a cryptic note with one mysterious question, “Who is John Galt?”
The verdict: “Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike” ends leaving viewers wondering who is John Galt, and ready for the third, and final, installment of the film.
Opened: October 12, 2012, still playing in select theaters across the country
Director: John Putch
Cast: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Patrick Fabian, Richard T. Jones, Esai Morales, Diedrich Bader, Ray Wise