Maksim's Review of Rush
A breathtaking and technically perfect movie, Rush is a high-octane sports drama which mesmerizes with captivating story, spectacular racing sequences and slick performances. One does not need to be a fan of Formula 1 or to have interest in cars and motorsports in order to be completely hypnotized by this story of great rivalry between two legends.
As it could be expected from such a movie, it has an explosive start, fast-paced story and unforgettable racing scenes. Set in the 70s, the story is a sort of biopic of two emblematic drivers, the British James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and the Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), and their personal rivalry. Instead of a mindless car chases and action-sports sequences, the audience is introduced to a dramatic conflict between two talents, two lifestyles and two polarizing personalities. The young James Hunt, a bohemian, a flamboyant risk-addicted and naturally gifted pilot faces Niki Lauda - an ambitious, disciplined and cold-blooded perfectionist. Their rivalry from Formula 3 and throughout the years in Formula 1 is a duel of two philosophies, a curved race between two great characters in which the audience could never really take a position.
Everyone would be completely confused during a large part of the movie, trying to identify the protagonist, only to discover in the end that the movie is not about one, but about two great sportsmen. Director Ron Howard masterfully guides the viewers through his story and lets the viewers discover that behind the mutual animosity, there is a deep feeling of respect and humanity between Hunt and Lauda. In the end, Rush becomes a movie, not about fast cars and dangerous races, but a compelling adult drama with the excellent leading actors. The conflict Hunt-Lauda is wonderfully portrayed by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. If the character of the former is somehow predictable (given the image of Hemsworth), the latter totally stuns with his performance as the three times world champion Niki Lauda. A performance worth of receiving an Oscar nomination (which it did not get) Bruhl's hard-headed determination, perfectionism and emotional strength form an artistic spectacle to observe.
In the end, Rush finishes as a delivery that is much more than a usual sports drama. With its dramatic story, great personalities and memorable performances this is an unforgettable delivery by Ron Howard matching Frost/Nixon in terms of acting and Apollo 13 in terms of suspense. A movie to be seen all audiences, Rush is one of the very best movies of 2013. A must see !