Everyone's driven by something.
Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13) explores the ego-driven, high-risk/high-reward world of 1970s Formula One racing in this true story chronicling the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) is the clinical Austrian Lauda, while Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is British playboy Hunt. Co-stars Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer, from the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon.... More
While Lauda may have become Formula One World Champion by a massive margin in 1975, the following year saw a fierce competition commence between the defending champ and Hunt from the very first Grand Prix. Over the course of 1976, every race would see the pair scrap it out on and off the track, and even a horrific, theoretically unsurvivable crash proved no match for their rivalry. The two men were locked in a struggle to reach the pinnacle of motor racing during one of its most glamorous eras.Hide
BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
Ron Howard’s Rush is an exuberant, diverting dramatisation of the legendary rivalry between Formula One racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) over the course of the fateful Grand Prix season of 1976. Its combo of hair-raising behind-the-wheel action, heated off-track controversies and stormy relationship soap is hardly earth-shattering stuff, but Howard and writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) do squeeze sufficient dramatic tension out of the opponents’ wildly different temperaments, while acknowledging their shared sense of purpose and conviction. Hunt is the blonde-and-blue-eyed Brit, a hard-partying, hot-headed playboy with raw driving talent to spare; Lauda, on the other hand, is a brusquely pragmatic Austrian who doesn’t have time for social frivolities, single-mindedly focused on the race to a fault.... More
Hemsworth and Brühl are both terrific, portraying the escalating competitive ribbing between the pair with good humour and genuine passion. Predictably, the women get sidelined: Olivia Wilde is wasted as Hunt’s model girlfriend Suzy Miller, Joséphine de La Baume’s role as Lauda’s wife ultimately reduced a series of wordless glances, which admittedly, she does remarkably well. Technically, Howard doesn’t do anything that John Frankenheimer didn’t already achieve with Grand Prix back in 1966, but some of it sure is dang pretty: armed with Dogme veteran/regular Danny Boyle cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, Rush’s racing sequences are gussied up with expressionistic splashes of hot, saturated colour that heighten the nerve-rattling, feverishly adrenalised view from inside the cockpit.Hide
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BY Anaconda wannabe
Wasn't expecting much here, but caught this on DVD a couple of weeks ago & was pleasantly surprised, Hemsworth perfectly captures the reckless nature of Hunt ... & what could have been a clumsy attempt to capture his rivalry with Lauda is handled with real skill (including some great race sequences) by Howard. Do rent/buy/download if you haven't seen already.
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