"RUSH" from Universal Pictures. PUSHED BACK: Opens Fri., Sept. 27, 2013.
STARRING: Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Naalie Dormer, Alexandra Marie Lara and Christian McKay.
DIRECTOR: Ron Howard ("Backdraft", "Willow", "Apollo 13", "Frost/Nixon")
A biography about Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl) and the 1976 crash that nearly claimed his life. Mere weeks following the crash, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival James Hunt (Hemsworth). This 1970s period piece follows their lives as well as the lives of their racing teams.
Critics around the charted universe agree at the rate of 90% that Ron Howard has directed a well-crafted brilliant film about these two men, their lives and the near-catastrophic event that nearly ended one of their lives. It's all true. Howard outdid himself in this effort and no one can take that away from him. Perhaps it's personal prejudice or just ignorance but one must note that this is a film about two men one doesn't care about who performed in a sport one has never watched and never will.
It's just auto racing, for crying out loud. It's a bunch of idiots who drive around in a big circle a bunch of times at ridiculous speeds. Sometimes they crash. Sometimes they die. How sorry are you supposed to feel for morons who push the odds like that? If they do crash and burn, it's almost what they wanted in a way. If they don't, no one ever notices. It's a fool's game.
As a fan of baseball and football, there are many poignant stories in either of those sports. Did you check out "42"? Should Mr. Howard happen upon this article, consider this. More people care about actual athletes than they do about idiots. You may make money on this film but don't get complacent. Most people will only see this once. Many people will watch "42" once a year. Vive la difference, no?
And another thing. Why is the film about Lauda's accident but the poster shows Hunt's face? That must make sense in Hollyweird but nowhere else. It's not unheard of to feature both actors on the poster. Just curious.