Review: Rush


  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Olivia Wilde (In Time) and more.
  • Directed by: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)
  • Synopsis: “Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, RUSH portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda.  Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, RUSH follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.”
  • Rating: Rated R for language, sexual content and disturbing images due to horrific sustained injuries.
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  • Review:

Director Ron Howard’s expertise in presenting real-life drama from a previous decade of humanity’s past remains impressive with this, his latest film entitled Rush. The director of Apollo 13 fame brings yet another solid movie with an equally solid story and cast.rush-niki-lauda-james-hunt-rivalry-real-story-movie-rush-cover-1

Craftily, Rush transports audience members to a place directly on the track or in front of the television in the 70’s. Following the careers, lives and rivalries of Formula 1 champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt, “Rush” is a historical sports drama that pushing the limits of intensity and a clever combination of characters, cars and conflict.Rush-Movie-James-Hunt-and-Niki-Lauda

The subtleties used in Rush tremendously add to the film’s appeal. Impressive in its cinematography, Howard utilizes multiple angles that give a unique and enjoyable perspective of the race events and uses effects that attribute to the look and feel of the time period. Paired with a soundtrack score that amplifies the emotion and intensity on screen, there is little to scoff at in this well assembled and well told tale.

All of that said, Rush carries the same formula as other “based on true event” sport films such as Miracle, Secretariat, Remember the Titans, etc. Even though the end may or may not be known, the action and drama onscreen keep viewers involved and interested. Due largely in part to the portrayals by actors Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl as the historic rivals, the film’s authenticity is both excellent and appreciated. Howard’s direction is bold and beautiful in that it tells its story without shying away from the characters’ flaws, fights (both internal and external), falls and fortitude.rush-movie-2

Some scenes will excite while others may prompt a squirm or two (i.e. sexual content, disturbing injuries, nudity), but it all points towards the finish line when, once crossed, feels complete, contended for and content.

The race to the Oscars begins, and Rush leads the charge of the final quarter of 2013. On your mark! Get set! Go see Rush!rushbanner

My Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for Rush


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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer


  1. Good review T. It was a fun movie, but also one that never forget about its central characters, which allowed for it connect a tad bit more than your usual, standard sports movie.


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