What a 'Rush'
“Rush” isn’t your generic car action flick; it’s an emotional journey focused on competition and how much one is willing to risk to win. Rather than focusing on cars and action — as the “Fast and Furious” series or “Gone in 60 Seconds” does — the film allows character to take center stage.
Based on a true story, the film takes the audience back to the 1976 Formula One season, which was dominated by the rivalry between Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) in a tight contest to be deemed World Champion. Those familiar with the history of Formula One racing won’t be surprised by plot twists — though it is an engaging and gripping storyline for the uninitiated — but even a racing expert will be captivated by Brühl and Hemsworth’s Oscar-worthy performances.
Lauda’s blunt, calculating personality is perfectly portrayed by Brühl, and Hemsworth ably captures Hunt’s laid-back persona. Their performances provide a deeply intimate portrayal of the internal motivations of the great drivers. Though Olivia Wilde, as Suzy Miller, and Alexandra Maria Lara, as Marlene Lauda, execute their characters to perfection, their acting is easily overshadowed by the main duo.
Though there are relatively few continuous race scenes for a film of this sort, each one is sure to get your heart pumping — that said, the crashes and medical scenes aren’t for the faint of heart. The sickening gore isn’t needless though, as it depicts the dangers and risks that these Formula One drivers take, a message “Rush” should be commended for portraying.
Most Hollywood movies based on true stories face criticism for exaggerating the historical stories which they were based upon. Although “Rush” isn’t completely innocent in this regard, the movie sticks mostly true to form and earned the approval of Niki Lauda.
At the heart of the film is its portrayal of the unique nature of the rivalry. It’s a rivalry between two very different people who nevertheless have the utmost respect for each other. The drama of such a relationship, heightened by the danger of Formula One racing, create an intense and inspiring film that is one of the best in recent memory.