BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
OCTOBER 19, 2013
The rivalry is key in Ron Howard’s “Rush,” pitting two amazing performances against one another, from Chris Hemsworth and the all-but-unknown Daniel Brühl, and creating the highlight of the film. The element that tends to sway audiences away from the film is its root in Formula 1 racing, which is not so popular here in the states, but “Rush” is as much about Formula 1 racing as “A Beautiful Mind” is about economics. Both are American bio-pics, directed by Ron Howard. These stable elements are merely backdrops for the outstanding performances, and a means to display some high octane, tension-building moments between the two leads. Chris Hemsworth plays the suave party boy James Hunt. In Formula 3, he’s a machine at taking first place and taking home the girls. That’s until he meets Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl, a machine in his own right, with the ability to modify cars that gives him a distinct advantage.
“Rush” follows their epic rivalry from racing in the minor leagues to being the most talked-about enemies ever in the sport of Formula 1. Every moment you see them against each other is an enigmatic moment that keeps you begging for more. Depicting these real-life men and their lives outside of racing, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Christian McKay all provide memorable supporting performances, Wilde and McKay being massively underutilized. Although strong performances, it’s hard to see these men getting any Oscar buzz, while Howard may prove fruitful in his involvement, building a significant stage for this real-life sportsmanship to play out. For those that avoid this film because of its racing ties, I feel sorry for them, as this is one of the most influential adult dramas of the year.
September 27, 2013
(for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use)
Anthony Dod Mantle
Alexandra Maria Lara