Release Year: 2013
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, David Calder, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay, Alistair Petrie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Colin Stinton
Rating: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Brühl). Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards: Best Action/Adventure Film, Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Brühl), Best Editing, Best Make-Up.
A film chronicling the 1970s rivalry between two of the best Formula One drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl)
If the post or trailer should make you think so, let me assure you that Ron Howard’s (Apollo 13, 1995) Rush is not simply a film about fast cars quickly seen and easily forgotten. It is arguably the great Formula 1 film that this highly popular sport needed, revolving around two of the many famous and interesting drivers to make a career in this dangerous and high velocity sport. The charismatic play-boy James Hunt, played by Hemsworth (The Cabin in the Woods, 2011), and the thorough and serious Niki Lauda, played by Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, 2009), were two of the big F1 stars of the 1970s and their rivalry was well-known and is very well explored here. The film is actually as much a character drama as it is a riveting sports film and the bond that exists between the two rivals is explored to great effect by two actors who are both perfectly cast and truly excellent. But good solid drama alone does not make a great sports film – in fact a F1 film could hardly be called great without thrilling racing scenes, but Rush has those in spades. The sound and editing is knife sharp and kudos to Howard for a thrillingly directed and well-balanced film. You can almost smell the rubber burning off the wheels and even if you never cared one bit about the sport you cannot help but being swept along for the ride. The only drawback, as far as I can see, is the strong focus on the beginning of Hunt’s career in the first part of the film. It is Hunt and Lauda together as well as the races that really makes this film. An excellent sports film! Highly recommended.
The 1976 race at the Nürnburgring Nordschleife depicted in the film was the last Formula One race on that track as it was finally deemed to hazardous after Lauda’s accident.
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