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'Rush' thanks to Ron Howard is one hell of a ride (video)

  • Sep 18, 2013
By Joan Alperin Schwartz
Rush' directed by two time Academy Award winner ('Beautiful Mind', 'Frost/Nixon') Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan ('Frost/Nixon) depicts the intense rivalry between two Formula One race car drivers...

The flamboyant, English playboy, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, 'The Avengers, 'Thor') and his opponent, the overly controlled, Austrian, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl, 'Inglorious Bastards) 
Hunt was the bad boy of racing.  When he wasn't behind the wheel of a car, he spent his time, drinking, making love and drinking some more. He was all about emotion and impulsive behavior...Whereas, Lauda was disciplined, cold and methodically brilliant.  
In the film, these two men are obsessed with beating one another on the track, no matter what the cost. 
Apparently, that wasn't the case.  Hunt and Lauda were actually friends, who hung out together and at one time, were even roommates.
But hey, it's a movie right?
'Rush' opens at the German Grand Prix, in 1976, a few weeks past the half way point of the season.
This is the year that...SPOILER ALERT...Lauder had his near fatal accident and that's all I'll say about that.  
From there, the film flashes back to the early 70's, when both men were at the beginning of their career.  As they become more and more famous in the sport, their competition with one another, grows more intense, until finally one of them, becomes a Formula 1 champion.  Of course, I won't say which one.
'Rush' is all about the 'rush' these drivers get, as they push themselves to their physical and psychological breaking points.
Being the fine director that he is, Howard captures the excitement, the danger, the tension and the speed of the Formula One race.  Those scenes are shot so well that, at times, I felt as if I were sitting along side Hunt and Lauda.
For those of you not into racing, there's some very cool sex scenes and even some romance, thanks to...
Olivia Wilde, who plays the super model who eventually marries and divorces Hunt and Alexandra Maria Lara, who captures Lauda's heart...And yes, he does have one.
I gave 'Rush' which opens in theatres, Friday September 20, 2013, four bagels out of 5.  
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September 26, 2013
you sold me with Olivia Wilde....will see this movie this Saturday
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Almost 12 years ago, I saw Renny Harlin’s popcorn film “Driven”, a film about Formula One racing. While I thought it wasn’t terrible, the screenplay by Sylvester Stallone was a little too easy with themes that proved too cliché especially when it came to sports movies. There was just so many things that it could’ve done better but it just fell a little too short. Well, director Ron Howard, whose shining moments in filmmaking may have to be the award-winning A …
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Drama, Formula One Racing, Love, Funny Movie Reviews, Sex, Competition, Ron Howard, Ferrari, Auto Racing, Chris Hemsworth, Nicki Lauda, James Hunt, Rush Movie Review, 1970s Grand Prix, Daniel Bruhl


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