Top 365 Films – #156 – Rush (2013)


Top 365 Films - RushDIRECTED BY: Ron Howard

STARRING: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Managan, David Calder, Alistair Petrie, Colin Stinton, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Augusto Dallara and Christian McKay

BUDGET: $38m

EARNED (Worldwide): $90.2m

AWARDS: 1 BAFTA (Best Editing)

 

SYNOPSIS

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

 

Rush primarily focuses on not just the rivalry between Lauda and Hunt, but about the men themselves. Unfortunately this leaves not much room for the rest of the drivers in that 1976 season of Formula one to be in the spotlight much except for Clay Regazzoni, Lauda’s team-mate.

 

What was also great to see told was the similarities of both men getting into Formula 1 from Formula 3 and buying their way into F1 but their personalities couldn’t be anymore different. Niki is the more methodical person, spending more time in creating the most reliable car to drive in thus making him appear cold when talking to someone as he doesn’t come across as a people person. James was the polar opposite, the one who lived in the moment, almost a rockstar lifestyle but also a serious driver. The rivalry is tense as is the racing sequences, which are terrifically shot in my opinion. For me this was Chris Hemsworth best role thus far in his career as he plays James Hunt with the right amount of arrogance, cockiness and confidence to make you believe that you can’t see any other actor in the role. This role proved that Hemsworth is to be taken seriously, if those doubted him before that he would be nothing more than the Thor guy. The real standout for me though is Daniel Brühl as he plays Niki Lauda with the right amount of cold determination to succeed. His mannerisms, the accent, make you pay attention to what he is doing all the time on screen and it disappointed me he wasn’t recognised during award season for his performance. The rest of the cast is solid, especially Alexandra Maria Lara as Niki’s wife Marlene Lauda.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Niki Lauda’s famous crash recreated to horrific effect.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.’ – James Hunt

DID YOU KNOW?: Daniel Brühl wore a dental appliance to mimic Niki Lauda’s overbite.

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