Originally Posted by Bradford
I saw this yesterday and was actually quite impressed. I went in with pretty low expectations, but it is much better than a TV or direct to DVD movie.
As for the plot, yes, it's mostly character introduction, but they do a good job with the characters and they even do a good job at the beginning of the film to explain why the trains are plausible.
And sorry if this upsets the Rand fans, but I actually think this is one of those rare cases where a movie is a better way to present the story than the book. Rand had some interesting ideas, but as a writer who could actually develop characters or write dialogue she left a lot to be desired.
Overall I liked it and am looking forward to the next two films.
Reading about the production process put up all sorts of red flags for me, and the didacticism of the source material isn't likely to translate well to the screen in any case. If they've managed to make a movie that's watchable
, they've far exceeded my expectations.