Rush. What can I say about this movie? That's simple: GO SEE IT. Many people may not have heard about this film and they are missing out. The film is based on the true story of the 1970's rivalry between to formula 1 race car drivers, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), and boy is it a sight to behold.
The movie shows you each driver’s humble and no so humble beginnings all the way up to their career making matches. Hunt is a race nut that lives for going fast, women and partying his life away, when his amazing and daring driving skills give him a shot at going from formula 3 racing to formula 1. Lauda on the other hand, who makes up his mind one day that he wants to be a race car driver, appears on the scene manages to cleverly bypass majority the lesser races and dive straight into formula 1 racing due to his amazing knowledge of cars and his mad driving skills. The rivalry between these two characters occurs almost from the first time they meet on the formula 3 tracks and intensifies over the years, pushing each of them to be the best racer they can be.
This movie is fast and intense the whole way through with an interesting story that keeps you wanting to see more. The best thing about this movie is that depending on which part of the movie you are in, you will find yourself rooting, at times, for Hunt, Lauda, and occasionally both of them. I never watched a bit of formula racing before seeing this film and after doing so, I really want to check this out. It was truly fascinating and fun as hell. Where has this been hiding my whole life?
The story and acting was pretty spot on and I think, looking back that Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda was by far my favorite character. He really played him well; you both loved him and hated him. His determination and general not giving a damn of what anyone thought of him attitude was intense and captivating. Hemsworth also does a nice job at playing Hunt and the fun party boy racecar driver. When he wins he is the very definition of excess with all the partying and girls and booze. He is likeable but you know that despite his daring and charisma he may not be the most reliable guy. Plus you know this character or a least his type, everyone knows at least one person that could fit into this mold I am sure. However, Niki Lauda’s character is something special. He stands up for what he believes in, he is smart, determined, logical, and yes, he is a huge asshole, but he is still fascinating to see on the screen.
Overall, I give this movie an A, for being one of the best sport films I have seen in awhile. It catches you from the beginning and holds you until the end. One thing that really kicked this movie up a notch for me was the volume. Now, it could have just been that the theater I saw this in had the sound turned up too loud or it could have just been the movie, since the sound wasn't hurting my ears, but every time there was a race and their engines were revving, my seat was vibrating from the sound. It literally put you in the car with these awesome drivers and you could feel the anticipation of every turn. So if you haven't heard of Rush, take some time out and check this one out. It is a great ride, great acting, and an amazing true story of two racing legends. Rush hits theaters everywhere September 27th!