Posted on 10/31/13 06:30 AM
I don't watch racing, have any interest in it, or know anything about it. But this film doesn't require you to have ANY interest in racing. It's a masterfully acted piece of cinema, and though Daniel Bruhl really is fantastic also, Chris Hemsworth is the topic of discussion. Before this film, all I could think of him as was Thor. But this film changes everything for me. It's an outbreak film for him in the sense that he's become a real actor. While there's no denying he was fantastic in Thor as well, this is where he becomes a big name, respected actor. Ron Howard is such a versatile director, from 'A Beautiful Mind,' to 'Apollo 13' he's done a great job. This film though, has a kind of 'Cinderella Man' esque to it. Why ? I'm not sure. It's not an underdog story, that's for sure. But the idea of desperation is present in both films, though for vastly different reasons. Although at times it seems like 'just another sports film,' the film surprises you with thrills, plot twists, and really, the intensity that films no longer are able to produce.
The film is worth seeing alone for Hemsworth, but if you do choose to see it over this opening weekend, be warned that it's not a typical cliche sports film. It's a tale of pride, and vengeance, and outlines what the effects of pride/arrogance are. The film showcases all-star performances, and magnificent shots and direction from Ron Howard.