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Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds). As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there’s no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), it’s the heart-racing, epic, action-drama that critics are calling “one of the best movies of this, or any, year” (Pete Hammond, Movieline).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 210
- Fresh: 187
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill.
Fresh: Howard proves that directing action is one of his underrated strengths. The racing scenes are dynamic and easy to follow, with a sheen that brings the 1970s into sharp relief.
Fresh: Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys.
Fresh: Rush has an elemental simplicity about it. Two men in competition, driven (so to speak) to win. They are enemies. But they need each other, too, and as they roll around at 170 m.p.h., they come to understand why.
A GRIPPING SPORTS DRAMA FULL OF ADRENALINE AND EMOTION
Ron Howard goes 1970s-style gritty with his highly awaited return to dramatic cinema, "Rush," a true sports film about two Formula One champions jostling between rivalry and respect. It's nicely played by an eclectic, talented cast and refreshingly directed in the style of a European drama rather than a big American epic. There are also lots of massively exhilarating race sequences to keep us focused from start to finish (plus a climactic blast of sentimentality), and through it all, nothing resonates with us more than the strongly developed characters, none of which the film ever once takes sides over. It's this ultimately powerful execution that makes this gripping sports drama such a thoroughly engaging treat. Add in some breathtaking cinematography and a greatly written script, and you've easily got one of the best movies of the season so far. In the early 1970s, a rivalry begins to fiercely brew between two opposite-minded F1 racers: British womanizer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian technical genius Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). With much respect for each others' style, competition drives them to higher achievements as they easily climb their way up the sport, meet their wives (Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara), and work with various teammates over the course of seven years. Eventually, it all boils over right onto the circuit during the 1976 F1 season, when world champion Lauda suffers a terrible accident in the German Grand Prix that almost costs him his life, but not his spirit. Essentially two parallel biopics, the film gets into the heads of both drivers using voiceover narration. Although, Brühl's Lauda is by far the more intriguing character. A tight bundle of tenacious pragmatism, Lauda's approach to this sport is eerily objective and precise, so Brühl nicely delves beneath the surface to reveal the submerged passion and emotion that simply makes him human. This is most notable in his virtually wordless yet achingly heartfelt relationship with his wife Marlene, played with wonderful subtlety by Lara. By contrast, Hemsworth plays his character, Hunt, as a good-time hotshot reveling in his rock star status, indulging in an outrageous stream of women and drugs. The actor does find some subtext in the way Hunt admires Lauda's determined focus, but the performance is big and loose (his British accent is particularly loose). And by the end, it's easy to see why he and his supermodel wife Suzy (played by a terrific Wilde) are never truly able to make it work. Still, Hemsworth is as much a force to be reckoned with here as his main co-star, both on and off the track. It may not be his most memorable or substantial role, but he manages to garner just enough authentic sympathy and believably into his character to keep us thoroughly engaged the whole way through. Aside from one final wrap-up scene, Howard restrains his usual urge to over-explain nearly everything in the movie through thankless exposition, instead mainly letting this story unfold with energetic pacing and fast-paced racing set pieces. The photography is gorgeous, bringing a grainy sheen to the movie that beautifully recreates the 1970s. And the editing is particularly kinetic, zipping back and forth between the sharply acted personal scenes and the adrenaline-fueled action on the track. But it's the emotional undercurrents that really get under our skin, as well as the resonant exploration of how success looks different for each of us. At the end of the day, "Rush" is a smart, tense, and terrifically exciting production that not only benefits from its great lead performances given by Hemsworth and Brühl, but also from its well-written script, which seamlessly blends cohesive storytelling, solid character development, and heart-pounding thrills. So whether you love high-speed racing flicks, historical dramas, or both, this movie is sure to give you an emotional and visceral "rush" you won't soon forget. And just for that, it's definitely a must-see.
I was absolutely blown away!
Honestly, I hadn't heard much about this movie before I saw it, which probably contributed to my enjoyment of this film. Even though the commercials made it sound like it'd probably be a really good movie, my expectations were more than exceeded! I've seen a lot of the big blockbusters this year, but I have to say, this was probably one of the best movies I've seen all year. I don't even enjoy watching racing, but the story in this is beautifully told, with excellent pacing, an amazing cast and soundtrack, and beautiful cinematography. There are so many intense moments, I had to forcibly keep myself from biting my nails at several points! The dynamic between the two main characters was very well done; you could tell that by the end, even though these men never saw eye to eye, there was a sense of respect and understanding (albeit hesitant) by the end.
I absolutely recommend this film!
One of the few movies worth watching this year
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
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