I cannot tell you much about Formula 1 racing, but I can tell you this: Director Ron Howard’s new car action movie will give you a “Rush.”
The year is 1976 and an intense competition between two young drivers has developed. Intense, disciplined, Austrian Nikki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and wild, undisciplined Brit playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), go toe-to-toe for the championship. While Lauda is portrayed as a serious early to bed, early to rise disciple, Hunt is shown in contrast as a hard-drinking bed hopper. The two make for a curious contrast while competing around the world for the championship. The race scenes are heart pounding and the sound track is slick, so get ready to turn your stereo up (especially if your wife isn’t home). Although I would not exactly say the movie is a guy movie, I would suggest it is heavily slanted that way. Once again, I do not know much about car racing.
There is one major flaw that I saw in the movie. How in the world can a driver, whose chance of dying are 20% each time he gets behind the wheel, be a skirt-craving, hard drinking maniac the night before a race? Anyone who has ever had any drinks knows what the stuff does to your hand-eye coordination. In a sport where a win can be a second or two, how is that the alcohol craving, womanizing James Hunt can be pounding the poison the before a big race. I don’t care how young you are, it can’t be done.
If you can put that inconsistency aside, the race scenes will really give you a “Rush.” Much of the action is shown through cameras that appear to be attached right on the vehicles themselves. The pit scenes where the tires are changed are especially intense. Apparently these cars go so fast, they can burn out tires in a lap or two.
I highly recommend that you head to Redbox and rent the Blu-ray version of “Rush.” Warning: You may need ear-plugs. (123 min.) Based on true events.
My Rating: 4 of 5 Adrenaline Junkies.