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.
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?
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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