Directed by – Ron Howard
Starring – Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl
Soundtrack composed by – Hans Zimmer
Year of Release – 2013
Brief Outline – Rush is a true story about the 1976 Formula 1 world championship ‘rivalry’ between British driver James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl)
Review – Rush is a fun, tense, stimulating, exciting and emotional ride. It really draws in the viewers from start to end and manages to connect the audiences with the two lead character’s extremely well. Even if you are not a Formula 1 fan (as I am not), you can still really enjoy the film. One of the reasons why Rush is a very good film is because you connect with James Hunt and Niki Lauda, thanks to strong performances from both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. The majority of the film is built up on Hunt and Lauda and although other character’s are heavily crucial and influential, it is the two Formula 1 drivers that carry the film. During the film, you are able to watch through the eyes of both Hunt and Lauda as oppose to seeing everything through the eyes of just one of those driver’s. Neither of these character’s are really perceived as the main character as it is a film that shares it’s leads. Although it is a story about cars and driving, it is not built upon the cars as much as it is the character’s. This is a true story so it is very interesting to watch, if you do or don’t already know about the 1976 Formula 1 season. The film uses archive footage of the real 1976 finale in Fuji, Japan. And various footage of Hunt and Lauda. This works well, because it makes you think about the entirety of the film in a different way. The film manages to place you in the heads of the drivers and experience their decisions and problems. So much happens during the film (and obviously real life) and some of the decisions you question. This forges an opinion on whether you prefer Hunt or Lauda. Because their is no right answer as to who is the bigger character or the better driver. So it is down to you to choose who you are rooting for. They each have their own reasons. Rush is a British film, so you could argue that Hunt is the main character, which he may be, but it does not make him the right character to choose in terms of who you support. The film explores the careers and the rise of both Hunt and Lauda before they were in formula 1. So it is a long film of 2 hours. The film covers two seasons of Formula 1. Much of the film is made up of the both Niki and James’ relationship with their closest friends and family. Hans Zimmer provides and excellent score, it gives off a vibe of excitement. Races take long, but the cars are very quick and considering what the race is worth for both Niki and James. A fast paced soundtrack is just right for the film. It also used several songs from the time period, which creates atmosphere well. The film features some excellent shots in race sequences that have been excellently filmed. Combining this with a psychological point of view, with quick sharp editing in which Rush won a Bafta for.
Verdict 8.5 – No matter if you are a fan of Formula 1 or not, Ron Howard delivers an exciting 2 hours of enthralling film. Connected to James Hunt and Niki Lauda from start to finish. Rush is just as tense and exciting out of the car as it is in the car!