Rush is a dramatisation of the real life rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s. Englishman James Hunt is the charismatic playboy of formula one, played by the longhaired Chris Helmsworth. He’s interested in winning the formula one championship because it will get him more women, and he’s not afraid to put his life – and that of those around him – on the line to achieve his goals. The only thing standing in his way is the methodical, almost autistic Austrian Niki Lauda. Two more opposite drivers, the world has never seen.
The key thing with Rush is there is no obvious good guy or bad guy, both have their faults and you’ll probably change allegiance at some stage.
Director Ron Howard takes us both into the personal lives of the divers, and behind the wheel as they go hell for leather in a sport that has yet to be rendered impotent by rules and regulations.
And it’s a thrilling ride.
Howard wisely doesn’t pick sides in his portrayal, but one thing is for sure, if Helmsworth is the eye candy, then Daniel Brühl (who plays Niki Lauda) definitely steals the show with his acting, bringing a very controlled personality to life.
Rush is a little predictable in places, and Howard has played it safe, making the film accessible to the widest possible audience, and as such, if you’re going to see Rush for the edge of your seats racing, then you might come away disappointed because a lot of the races are never actually shown.
But as a film about the two personalities, with a bit of exciting racing thrown in, Rush performs exceptionally well.
Rating: R13 Violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb.