Daily archives "September 21, 2013"

Rush ****


Run Time: 122 mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: Directed by Ron Howard (Backdraft, Apollo 13), “Rush” tells the true story of the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda with a strong emphasis on the events of the 1976 season.


The movie begins in 1970 when young racing drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) first meet at a minor league race. From the beginning there is a strong element of competition between the two men who openly express their dislike for each other and regularly make snide comments. Over the next few years both drivers progress to Formula One and are determined to win.


The film is full of action packed scenes that will leave the audience hanging onto their seats. At times the camera angle makes the viewer feel as if they are in the car whizzing round the track. There are also some graphic accident scenes highlighting the danger the drivers are putting themselves in, particularly the horrific crash that involves one of the main players.


There is also an element of comedy in the movie which provides some memorable scenes while giving the viewer an insight into the situations Hunt and Lauda experienced during their careers. The moments of laughter that occur during serious scenes add depth and realism while keeping the audience entertained.

Chris Hemsworth gives an impressive performance as James Hunt with his flawless accent and strong resemblance. Daniel Bruhl also gives an excellent portrayal of rival Niki Lauda and Olivia Wilde is great as Hunt’s first wife Suzy.


The soundtrack is great and features original music by Hans Zimmer as well as tracks by artists such as including Thin Lizzy, David Bowie and the Spencer Davis Group. This adds to the film’s 1970s feel and provides a good accompaniment to the action scenes.


Overall the movie is slightly long however a well written story, great acting and thrilling scenes make “Rush” one of the best movies of 2013.

Reviewed by Lesley Logan