Friday, 11 October 2013

Getting a Rush

The movie poster for Rush, directed by Ron Howard
My friend YTSL suggested we check out the Ron Howard movie Rush, about the rivalry between two F1 drivers, Briton James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda in 1976.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl play the rival F1 drivers
The dramatization of this particular year in racing gives the audience an insight into what it takes to be a race car driver, the money and politics behind it, as well as a fantastic character study of the two main characters.

Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, is a free-spirited rebellious young man, who likes to party and is a womanizer who apparently bedded 5,000 women. He doesn't necessarily know all the technical mechanics behind the car, but he definitely knows how to drive it and fast.

Meanwhile Daniel Bruhl is Lauda, who is also a rebel in his own way, but is the complete opposite of Hunt -- calculated, technical, disciplined and a downer. He knows how to make a car run faster, though he is such a loner he has no friends -- even his mechanics shun him.

Niki Lauda with the scars of his accident
However, things change when Lauda's car crashes and he has severe burns on his face and body that everyone thinks he's going to die. However his sheer willpower to withstand the utterly painful changing of the gauze on his burns and vacuuming his lungs show his determination to get back on the track, which makes the audience have sympathy and respect for Lauda.

The movie can be loud, but it gets viewers right into the atmosphere and action. The racing scenes right from the drivers' seat are amazing and combined with the music gets the heart racing...

At the end we are reminded Rush is the true story of two people, and actual footage of Hunt and Lauda are shown. It seems Hunt craved speed not only on the track but in his personal life as well, and as a result crashed and burned at the age of 45.

Driver James Hunt died young at 45
Lauda, on the other hand, is still alive, curt and blunt at 64, the scars of his accident still there.

If you have a need for speed, watch this film -- but there's also an intelligent side to it -- showing two self-made men who were driven by their obsessions.


  1. Great review!

    I'm glad the sound was as loud as it was. Otherwise, we'd hear the sound from the adjoining house in the multiplex! ;b

    1. Hi YTSL -- sounds you had a rush from the movie too!

  2. if you are race car fan, another movie to consider

    Driven (2001) with Stallone, Edwards, Burt Reynolds

    1. Hi nulle -- Interesting! Thanks for the recommendation!