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Movie Review: Rush

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years and 5 months ago

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The best way to describe “Rush” would be rough, rugged, and raw! On the edge of all kinds of insanity, this film exposes the grittiness among the world’s REAL fast and furious.

“Rush” is a hard, entertaining piece exposing a true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever known of and/or experienced – handsome English playboy James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl). Set against a rough, yet glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of mental, physical and psychological endurance that allows no shortcut to victory, or marginal, life-threatening errors.  

With a name like Ron Howard as director, it’s safe to feel you’re not walking into a typical, going-through-the-motion, film-based experience. In this day-and-age of cinema, he’s one of the best filmmakers who really knows how to capture and translate a piece from paper to the silver screen. Reteaming with writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), along with superb cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle (Dredd), “Rush” is one of the year’s most unique films that not only lays out a narrative display among two men with opposite life-styles, yet sharing a common obsession, but also takes you on a grungy, dangerous, global journey full of death-defying races with unique angles and bone-rattling sounds.  

Not only will you feel it, but live it as it captures the 70s era pretty well in terms of scenery, wardrobe, etc. But a stand-out appeal for “Rush” stems from the straight-forward and great chemistry among the entire cast, especially between Bruhl and Hemsworth (who does a great job shaking off “Thor,” proving this guy’s got a life once his MARVELous days are over.)

From start to finish, this is a film that’ll spark up all sorts of emotions as it opens up on the light and dark side of an insane world only a handful can and/or will understand and love—even if it means placing their lives on the line.

With the only downfall of having generated a headache and a little ring in my ears, it was well worth the temporary misery because this is one intense film that deserves time, attention, and understanding. Classic in its own way, it wouldn’t surprise me if this is up for something come award season.


Grade: A / Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sports / Rated: R / Run Time: 2 Hrs. 5 Min.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Oliva Wilde

Directed by: Ron Howard



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