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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

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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.

I watched this the other night and didn't have big expectations. Boy was I surprised by mid way thru the third act I was sitting up and riveted to the screen, driving scenes were extremely exciting and visually its quite epic. Totally recommend to others.

BY Dan-Thompson superstar

Much, much better than I thought it would be. The action scenes are as good as you'd imagine, but it's the relationship of the two leads that carry the film. Touching, tense, funny and smart - I definitely recommend it.

BY JackWallace superstar

Rush isn't the triumph critics are praising it as, but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable sports movie. The two lead performances are excellent. Chris Hemsworth is one of the most likeable actors, and he nails it as James Hunt, the cocky world champion race car driver who plays for the thrill of staring death in the face. Daniel Bruhl, known for his roll as Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds, is Niki Lauda, Hunt's intelligent Austrian rival that's serious when it comes to racing. Rod... More Howard's slick direction helps recreate the feeling of the event. The race scenes are also pretty incredible. Close up shots of the grass blowing away as the formula 1 cars speed across the track. There's many good things to be said about Rush. I can almost get it to a four star rating. Unfortunately, even though it's based on a true story, Rush too often feels formulaic. Still, Rush is an entertaining biopic that's worth watching.Hide

Went and saw this on date night, it was well worth it! Great storyline, action & eye candy :) Would recomend this movie to everyone. Best movie I've seen in a long time.

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  • Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl excel as, respectively, British wild man and hedonist James Hunt and Austrian by-the-books tactician Niki Lauda. Full Review

  • Rush is fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous. Full Review

  • It rarely deviates from formula, but Rush wins big, delivering the most exciting F1 footage created for film. Full Review

  • What Rush has to offer is a great human drama, two dangerously talented men pushing each other to risky victory and a superb script, delivered with some mastery by Hemsworth and Brühl. Full Review

  • Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph. Full Review

  • Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year’s most compelling performances. Full Review

  • Mr. Howard doesn't just want you to crawl inside a Formula One racecar, he also wants you to crawl inside its driver's head. Full Review

  • Comes mightily prepackaged, with pat, telling romantic arcs for both protagonists, and a summarizing conversation where they reveal what they’ve learned... still a tremendous thrill-ride. Full Review

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