‘Rush’ races to the top

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Ron Howard’s latest film tells the true story of the bitter rivalry between two elite Formula One drivers: James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl. While giving viewers their fair share of adrenaline and edginess, this intense action flick examines the highs and lows of each driver’s career.

Rush re-enacts the Formula One championship of 1976. Howard develops all aspects of the characters’ lives and viewers understand how the drivers came to their current positions. Audience members are given a first-hand look into the nature of competitive driving and the intense desire for glory that comes with it.

Lauda and Hunt couldn’t be more different in terms of character. Lauda, a reserved Austrian, has the desire to win as much as anyone, but values his well-being over competition. He is also extremely blunt, so be prepared to enjoy his own brand of humor. Hunt, on the other hand, is reckless and lives life on the edge. The contrast in personality turns out to be a fundamental facet of the development of the plot. In reality, the two shared a bitter relationship, both on and off the racetrack.

Rush doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Viewers are immersed in the world of Hunt and Lauda, feeling what the characters feel. This is exactly what kept me on the edge of my seat at some points, and at other times left me with a heavy heart.

The production of this film was meticulously done. Howard employs close-ups and long shots to emphasize certain aspects of each scene in a deliberate and engaging manner. One part of the film that bothered me was the use of sound effects. I found the revving of engines and music selection sub-par, as it was either inappropriately timed or stole attention away from other things.

The tagline of this film is, “Everyone’s driven by something.” I think it’s important that viewers keep that in mind while watching this film. The things that “drive” each character inform their choices throughout the film, especially later on.

Rush captures the essence of Formula One driving, as well as the human desire to succeed at any cost. Any sports enthusiast or action viewer would enjoy it as much as I did.

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