Movie Review: RUSH

Was at the movie premiere of RUSH last night and guess who I saw? George Young!!! He’s so cute on screen, and even more so in person!! *dreamy*

All right now back to the movie review:

Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). 

RUSH is based on a true life of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed - 

  • Handsome English playboy Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, Thor…***screams*** look at those ABS so OMG – a sight for ‘sore eyes’),  driving for McLaren, widely regarded as a casual risk-taker on the track. He's a man routinely pictured with a glass of champagne and two or three biddable young women clinging to his limbs... and 
  • His methodical, disciplined Austrian perfectionist, Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds) driving for Ferrari.

Covering 6 years and two world-championship contests, RUSH tracks a narrow enough time frame to delve deep into Hunt and Lauda's ambitions, personal lives and perspectives on racing. Each makes sacrifices to do what he does, not the least of which being the choice to commit to a job that can make you feel alive right before it kills you. They push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. 

If you make one mistake, you die.

RUSH not only effectively presents a balanced view of the rivalry between two race car drivers but manages the difficult task of taking Formula One racing, an inherently non-cinematic sport, and translating it to the screen.

 You spend at least half the movie on the edge of your seat, and not just because you're rooting for someone to win or lose. RUSH has sex, glamour, a fair degree of wit and a breathless, pedal-to-the-metal spirit. But its greatest achievement may be to underline that they are real men, all vulnerable flesh and blood, inside those infernal machines.

*Spoiler Alert: The film’s turning point is when Lauda got into an accident at the Nürburgring Grand Prix and sustains terrible burns to his head, face and have also damaged his lungs. You will see the determination and what drives him to get well soon to be able to race again. (Take note some part of the scenes here might be slightly gruesome for some definitely not for the faint hearted).

I left the movie feeling emotional and remembering the quote by Niki Lauda
“ The closer you are to death, the more alive you are!” 
RUSH opens in cinema tomorrow, 26 Sep 2013. Go watch it!