Rush: review


Let's cut to the chase: fears Rush would have all the integrity of Days of Thunder can quickly be allayed. It's not devoid of Hollywood silliness, but it succeeds is capturing both the spirit of the times and the essence of the two extraordinary men at the heart of the story.

The movie opens with Lauda recalling that, on average, two of the 25 drivers who started the year would be killed before the season's end, before posing the question: 'What kind of people do this job?' Accidents are recalled in all their gory detail and the depiction of Lauda's burns following his Nurburgring crash is not for the squeamish. This harsh reality is offset by hedonism of the period and voyeuristic enjoyment of Hunt's rapacious sexual appetite, with Hemsworth convincing as Hunt, even if the portrayal is undeniably sympathetic.

Finished product has a whiff of CGI about it
Finished product has a whiff of CGI about it
Saying that the Lauda character, played by Daniel Bruhl, travels further. We're presented with a complex, driven man who rebels against his family, borrows money to buy his way into Formula 1 and then clings to the coat tails of Clay Regazzoni.

The action scenes are also some of the best since Le Mans. Some of the crashes rely on CGI but the Nurburgring sequence successfully captures the fear and desperation of the moment as fellow drivers Arturo Merzario, Brett Lunger, Guy Edwards and Harald Ertl fought to pull Lauda out of the burning wreckage.

Given that so much time and effort was spent recreating these pivotal scenes, it's a shame Howard couldn't resist the schmaltz. There is, for instance, a classic Top Gun/Days of Thunder moment when Lauda, struggling on his return to the cockpit, instinctively dodges an accident and is instantly returned to his former glory.

These scenes are frustrating because they make you question the astonishing things that really did happen, such as Lauda's return to the grid just six weeks after his accident. You get the impression the director tried to retain the authenticity, but then, at the last minute, couldn't quite restrain himself.

Maybe there should be a director's cut for purists that dispenses with the nonsense because at heart this is a great racing movie that successfully captures the glamour, bravado and brutality of the time.


See here for PH's trip behind the scenes and more on the making of Rush.

 

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  • vito1308 19 Sep 2013

    i cant be the only one who thought this film was an absolute load of rubbish, ron howard at it again making it all to americano! watch the bbc documentary that bbc showed early on this year, brilliant, accurate and less of a damn love story than rush!! this will help you on your wayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SihXHclT8fE

  • Blown2CV 15 Sep 2013

    Refined Detail said:
    Saw this last night and it's superb - worth the wait and justifies the hype. Whether it will be hugely successful compared to some films I don't know - the cinema was only half full last night which surprised me considering it was only the 2nd night out!

    I rarely buy films on DVD after watching them in the cinema, but I definitely will be with this one!
    my local cinema was nowhere near half full on opening night. Quite often there is only a handful of people in any given screening and never any chavs or kids. I love it there! I also get 2 free cinema passes every week through my health insurance. Not rubbing it in like smile

  • Refined Detail 15 Sep 2013

    Saw this last night and it's superb - worth the wait and justifies the hype. Whether it will be hugely successful compared to some films I don't know - the cinema was only half full last night which surprised me considering it was only the 2nd night out!

    I rarely buy films on DVD after watching them in the cinema, but I definitely will be with this one!

  • williamp 15 Sep 2013

    BlueRSedFly said:
    wildatheart said:
    I was the still photographer on Rush and can assure you there was no cgi involved in this image;



    As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a keeper!
    Amazing lighting, what a shot!!! Film is excellent, it's a must see. Don't wait for the DVD/BluRay make sure you see it in a cinema with the biggest screen and best sound system available.
    Hey wildatheart, a great photo. Whats it like doing stills for films, and working here? It would be fascinaing to know more

  • BlueRSedFly 15 Sep 2013

    wildatheart said:
    I was the still photographer on Rush and can assure you there was no cgi involved in this image;



    As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a keeper!
    Amazing lighting, what a shot!!! Film is excellent, it's a must see. Don't wait for the DVD/BluRay make sure you see it in a cinema with the biggest screen and best sound system available.

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