Rush tells the true story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, one of the greatest Formula 1 rivalries in history. This golden age of Formula 1 is revived by Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) .
Chris Hemswoth plays James Hunt, a good looking, charismatic and hedonistic English playboy. His polar opposite, and racing nemesis is Austrian Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl. This straight laced, controlled and methodical thinker has been at odds with Hunt since they both drove in Formula 3. However Lauda’s business acumen and initiative sees him join the big leagues of Formula 1 first, driving with Ferrari. Not far behind is the unruly hero Hunt, who drives for McLaren. What follows is a tumultuous and enthralling tale of these two men’s lives, both on and off the track.
Fans of Formula 1 are going to lap this film up. The race scenes are loud, fast and stomach churning. They really give this film the wow factor, or the hold on to your seat factor.
However the excellently executed driving scenes would not be enough to make this the compelling and solid film that it is. The character development is established quickly with both men ending up as heroes, although you may change who you are cheering on throughout. There are heart in your mouth moments. Laugh out loud moments. Endearing and emotional moments. It really is a tale of a hunger for success in this dangerous and ego driven world.
The script by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) is incredibly witty, allowing these characters to create life like banter and rivalry. The direction is superb, and cinematography is perfectly executed for this fast paced and dangerous sport.
Both leads excel in their respected roles driving this film, but not always their cars, smoothly. This is simply a exhilarating and entertaining film that has mass appeal.
Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar