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Hate auto racing movies? Not this one!
, January 14, 2014
This review is from: Rush (Amazon Video)
I almost avoided this film because I've seen so many terrible auto racing flicks. You probably know the ones, those with bare bones plots that seem designed only for stars yearning to drive fast cars on screen. While there are exceptions, most are yawn-worthy.
But director Ron Howard has managed to keep Rush exciting enough to merit its title. This character-driven tale of two men fighting for the 1976 Formula One championship is compelling. Actor Chris Hemsworth brings the sexy and charming racer James Hunt superbly to life - and Daniel Bruhl does equally well in evoking the darker persona of Nikk Lauda.
The result? A tense and suspenseful rivalry between guys with extremely different personalities. The turbulent (to put it mildly) relationship between the men was the prime reason I enjoyed this film so much. The shots of the race cars in action, dramatic as they were, simply wouldn't have done the trick for me.
But the racing shots are still very impressive, with views from inside drivers' helmets and just about every angle imaginable. And of course there is the roar of the cars and the screams of the fans to ramp up the excitement factor. The result is a film designed to please both those who love to watch race cars speeding around a track - and those who don't.
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