If there is a more purely absurdist philosophy in the world, one would be hard pressed to find anything as wonderfully sublime as Ayn Rand’s objectivism. The “Atlas Shrugged” filmmakers take the absurdist conceit to heart with their sequel, in which Sean Hannity will make an appearance.
Objectivism, which stakes out a near-religious dogma (the corpus being that of capital instead of Christ), goes far in explaining the religious devotion in adapting Rand’s vision to the screen… a second time. Such a reality-flouting philosophy as Randian objectivistism, with its heroes and leaches locked in eternal struggle, was almost destined for the simulated reality of cinema. An economic fantasia transmuted into a cinematic fantasia? Perfectly appropriate.
Let the “Atlas Shrugged” producers and director keep making Atlas films, I say, and lay bare the absurdity of Rand and her greed repackaged as rational philosophy.
Is it any coincidence that the film is set for a US release date of October 12, mere weeks before the presidential and congressional elections? Clearly the filmmakers are hoping to whip up some objectivist and Tea Party fury that will sweep Mitt
Randy Romney into the oval office. Judging by the first film’s box office performance—approximately $4.6 million in one month of release—it will probably only attracts objectivism’s true believers once again. But Sean Hannity has higher hopes.
“Atlas Shrugged 2 comes out in theaters everywhere October 2012, just in time for the pivotal presidential elections,” reads Hannity’s blog.
If one really wants to get an idea of how the world really works (not how the powerful see themselves), read Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow,” a virtuous counterpoint written by an author who, unlike Rand, can actually write.