The dramatic film "Rush" chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl), but the North American marketing for the movie has primarily focused on promoting Hemsworth, since he is a better-known actor, thanks to his role as Thor in Marvel Studios superhero movies. However, critics and other moviegoers who've seen the film (which is told from the perspective of Lauda's character) say that although Hemsworth's acting is very good in "Rush," Brühl gives a scene-stealing performance in the movie.
"Rush" also focuses equally on the professional and personal lives of Hunt and Lauda, although Lauda's character has voiceover narration. Just like in real life, the movie portrays Hunt and Lauda as total opposites: Hunt was a fun-loving, womanizing extrovert, while Lauda was a serious, more disciplined introvert.
Universal Pictures' "Rush" opened in limited U.S. release (only five theaters) on Sept. 20, 2013. The movie expands wider to more theaters on Sept. 27, 2013. In limited release, "Rush" made a very impressive $187,289 in just five theaters for the movie's opening weekend, which is a total of $37,458 per theater. The movie is likely to be a hit when it has a wider release.
"Rush" is directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, who previously teamed up for the 2008 Oscar-nominated movie "Frost/Nixon." "Rush" has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from movie critics, "Rush" has an 88 percent approval rating.
Critics have also been that saying that Brühl is a scene stealer in the DreamWorks Pictures drama "The Fifth Estate," which chronicles the working relationship and eventual falling out between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Brühl). "The Fifth Estate" is set for in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 18, 2013.
"The Fifth Estate" and "Rush" both had premieres at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. "Rush" got better reviews than "The Fifth Estate," which many critics said is "uninspiring" and "average."
WikiLeaks has expressed disapproval for 'The Fifth Estate" by saying that it has many inaccuracies. In typical WikiLeaks fashion, the website has leaked the script for "The Fifth Estate" by posting it online.