Jack Goes Confidential: ‘RUSH’ Delivers Your Need For Speed

rush_movie-wideEuropean Formula One racing sure ain’t NASCAR

F1 races don’t just go in circles. They wind through twisted roads, turns and past different locations at incredibly high speeds.

Against that backdrop director Ron Howard puts us smack in the middle of the legendary rivalry between two REAL F1 champs in the 1970’s. One is British bad boy and womanizing legend James Hunt. The other conservative Austrian driver Niki Lauda.

Their strong portrayals come courtesy of Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl respectively.

RUSH—staring death in the face at every turn, and beating it!

That pretty well sums up this movie. A spectacular recreation of the incredible need for speed and Lauda’s ultimate crash on Germany’s Nurnberg Ring track—known as ‘The Graveyard’—which almost killed him.


Being stuck in his burning race car for over an excruciating minute is hard to watch. And Lauda’s eventual recovery plays just as painful. Some of these scenes will make you wince.

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 8.32.54 AM“I’ll race the rest of my life with a face that frightens people.”

Other major racing films have included GRAND PRIX, LeMANS and DAYS OF THUNDER.

They’ve got nothing on RUSH which delivers the best action sequences of ANY movie this year.

This is world racing in high gear through Europe’s top locations winding up with the championship in Japan near Mount Fuji…in heavy rain.

The biggest potential problem for RUSH on this side of the pond is that Americans could care less about Formula One racing. They’d rather watch cars racing in circles for hours on end a-la NASCAR.

Can RUSH overcome those odds?

Chris-Hemsworth-and-Olivia-Wilde-in-the-still-from-Hollywood-movie-Rush-Probably not in this country, but the film’s box office should make up for it around the globe.

Also on board for the action is Olivia Wilde as model Suzy Miller who would marry James Hunt. And Alexandra Maria Lara who stood by her man (Daniel Bruhl) through thick and thin.

RUSH—Scoring a slamming B- Grade

(Reviewed at AMC Town Center)

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8 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ‘RUSH’ Delivers Your Need For Speed

  1. Stomper says:

    Exceptional topic, especially for a political junkie like myself. Still 3 years out but I could stayed glued to every form of media to follow each incremental step as it plays out. Picked up a little GOP vibe in there but I still luv ya man.

  2. Harry Balczak says:

    What about Ayrton Senna?

  3. mike t. says:

    for what it’s worth, autoblog reported on Rush some time ago and loved it. said it contained some of the best racing footage EVER. ron howard knows what he’s doing. but, i’ll be waiting for it to hit pay-per-view.

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