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"ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II"
(2012) (Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A railroad executive tries to get a discovered motor -- that could power the world -- operational, all while dealing with increasingly stifling socialistic elements imposed by the government on businesses that further threaten to destroy the U.S. economy.
PLOT:
In the near future, the U.S. economy is on the brink of disaster, with high unemployment and gasoline prices of $40 a gallon. As a result, railroads are now the main means of transporting people and goods, all of which is good news for Taggart Transcontinental. That railroad line is run by James Taggart (PATRICK FABIAN), even if its day to day operations and most of the important decisions are made by his sister and Vice President in Charge of Operations, Dagny Taggart (SAMANTHA MATHIS).

Not long ago, she teamed with new metal magnate Henry Rearden (JASON BEGHE) to start a new rail line, even when the Government tried to give him and his product a bad name. A byproduct of that was an affair between them, something known by Henry's wife, Lillian (KIM RHODES), although she won't grant him a divorce so that she can keep her social standing.

Of more concern to the industrialists are the effects of the country's Fair Share law that threaten the core aspects of capitalism and free enterprise, while Dagny's childhood friend and mine operator Francisco d'Anconia (ESAI MORALES) tries to warn everyone about the evils of money. It seems he's not alone, as a mysterious figure or movement known as John Galt is seemingly responsible for the titans of industry and the country's most brilliant minds to simply give up and vanish.

Dagny hopes that won't happen to scientist Quentin Daniels (DIEDRICH BADER) who's trying to figure out how to make a high-tech motor -- that she earlier discovered -- operational with the belief that it could supply the world with endless free power and thus solve the country's economic woes. But with bureaucrat Wesley Mouch (PAUL McCRANE) threatening to exert even more socialistic government control over how businesses operate, Dagny and Henry find themselves alone in trying to fight the system.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of the first film or novel on which it's based, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For brief language.


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