By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: “Days of Thunder” what? #RUSH is the best race car film you’ll ever see. The script is tight, the acting is excellent and it’s entertaining.
The Gist: Two race car drivers start a rivalry back in the 70’s that would transcended the sport forever.
The Highlights: The stylistic direction, the racing sequences, the wonderful absorbing performances.
After a couple of fruitless films (The Dilemma, Angels & Demons), Ron Howard (Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code) is back to form. His ability to story tell the thrills of a sports competition, plus capture the unexpected friendship of two men with cocksure personalities is a rare treat in cinema. Race car movies aren’t very good and Rush is the exception. Howard takes full advantage of the rich selection of shots at his disposition of engines howling, tires squealing and full-on macho antagonism. Chris Hemsworth, who plays James Hunt, is a natural fit for the role. He is charismatic and sanguine. Daniel Bruhl, who plays Nick Lauda though, is the thespian of the two and gives a first class performance. Not sure about an Oscar nod since it is a crowded year, but he’s fantastic to watch. The film ‘races’ from scene to scene with a great flow and the seeing the leads plus the cars is a mellifluous concert of artistry.
The Lowlights: There really isn’t anything wrong with the movie. Anything I could bring up would be nitpicking so why even bother.
Pay or Nay?: Pay for it. You need not be a Formula 1 lover to enjoy this movie. Among the amazing photography of the production, the loud roar of the engines, the brilliant performances of its cast and the magnetic performances of its protagonists, RUSH is arguably the best racing film ever brought to the silver screen. Enjoy it if you can tonight!
Rated: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use
Release Date: September 27, 2013
Screenplay: Peter Morgan
Director(s): Ron Howard
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Film Genre: Action, Biography, Drama