During the 70’s, Formula one was the sport of rebels, hot headed, living on the edge type of men, it was intense and a dangerous sport where every year at least Two formula One drivers died in a terrible accident due to the lack of safety. Rush is a Ron Howard’s masterpiece on the famous rivalry between two iconic drivers of Formula One racing, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl)
Rush starts with Niki Lauda’s voice over about how he perceived Formula One racing as dangerous mad man’s sport on the day when Lauda met with the horrific accident. Whilst Lauda narrates and the story pushes deep into these two men’s contrast lives, within no time you are glued to your seat. In a fraction of a second you are all set to enter the world of 70’s Formula One era of roaring engines, hot pit girls, sexy F1 cars and most importantly in James Hunt’s own words “Men who were fully alive because they were close to death.” The film delivers a potent start and goes back beautifully in time when Hunt and Lauda were pitted together in a Formula Three race and how both of them grew as racers and became arch rivals. It was the time when it was not about which racer would win? It was all about will Hunt defeat Lauda and vice versa...
As the film progresses it showcases the differences between the F1 genius (Lauda) and Brit racer (Hunt), but also placidly reveals the similarities and camaraderie between both the drivers. The uniqueness of this movie resonates through Howard’s minuscule detailing of the events, excellent storytelling, and authenticity without extra dramatic fictional elements to make it sellable. Case in Point: The scene of the near fatal accident of Lauda in German Grand Prix is identical, frame by frame to the real crash.
Rush is an intertwining tale of these two heroic legends of F1 and their passion to be a winner at any cost which took both the racers to their extreme themselves. From the Adrenaline pumping races to depressing fatal accidents and murky hospital wards, the movie takes you deep into the lives of these racers and to the point that you feel their pain, agony, defeat, victory and happiness. The Background score of film earns a brownie point for creating the uneasiness and tightness in the scenes. So whether it is the philandering ways of Hunt or the crudeness of Lauda, it’s the music that enhances these larger than life portrayals. Rush is high on visual metaphors, edge of the seat action and breathtaking cinematography.
Performances by entire cast is supreme, Hemsworth deserves a standing applaud for playing the Brit Playboy aggressive racer, Olivia Wilde as Suzy (Hunt’s wife) has a short role, but does justice to her short screen time. Alexandra Maria Lara as Marlene Lauda is resplendent in the role of Lauda’s wife and his inadmissible anchor. Although all performances are apt and authentic, but my vote goes to Daniel Bruhl the German actor who plays the role of the blunt, calculative, three times F1 champion Niki Lauda.. Bruhl gets into the soul of the Austrian racer, right from the intonation of the voice to the display of Lauda’s darker shades, his fears of falling in love, in the odd two hours of the film; it’s not Daniel Bruhl playing Niki Lauda... It’s Niki Lauda himself!
If you love F1 or not this movie is not to be missed, it’s a yet another classic by Ron Howard!
Rush - Movie Trailer