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Two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds). As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there’s no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), it’s the heart-racing, epic, action-drama that critics are calling “one of the best movies of this, or any, year” (Pete Hammond, Movieline).
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I grew up watching F1 in the 70's—I have a collection of photos and memorabilia from the '76-'77 season, so I know the subject pretty thoroughly. Howard NAILED it—the look, the attitudes, the F1 glamor, tracks and technology of the era and captured it PERFECTLY. I was very impressed by his portrayal of the excessive danger of the time (totally unacceptable and barbaric by today's standards). Howard shows the violence, but doesn't glamorize it the way Hollywood is prone to. He shows it for what it is—an ugly, disgusting, stomach-turning reality of racing back then. That caught me by surprise since that isn't typical of Ron Howard's movies.
But mostly Rush is about the story—a narrative of two drivers whose rivalry is so intense they will do anything to beat each other, including risking both their lives (well beyond the limits of the day) and suffer extreme physical pain to just to win. Beyond that, Ill let you check it out for yourself. Keep in mind, this isnt about the post-NASCAR, ultra-sanitized, super-safe world of racing today, so don't expect a crash-fest where everything turns out nice when the checkered flag falls—it's realistic and gritty, and gets ugly at a couple of points in the film. But its worth it.
If you are a racing fan this is an absolute must see.