Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Markus Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug
In what should be considered as “Senna” for Americans, “Rush” focuses on a pretty generic “movie rivalry” between two Formula One drivers Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl) who’s nickname was “The Rat” for his rat-like appearance and the ultra good-looking, Thor-ish, God of sexual desire, James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth). The plot of “Rush” is laid out in such a way that five minutes in, it becomes obvious that these two opposites will have to meet in the final race of the big tournament. That said, the by-the-numbers structure of “Rush” is almost completely overwhelmed by excellent, edge-of-your-seat direction from Ron Howard.
If your only excuse for not having seen “Rush” by this point has something to do with a primal noninterest in F1 racing, there is no need to worry. The main reason “Rush” works as well as it does is Howard’s ability to bypass the generic-ness of the plot and allow his movie to be one for the senses. Meaning, even if you have no interest in the sport of Formula One or a story about Formula One, the visuals and more importantly, the sounds are more than enough to fully immerse all audiences into the story. No joke, the sound in “Rush” demands this film to be seen in a home theater with a great sound system.
The Acting: Hemsworth is not a great actor and isn’t asked to play anything out of his norm, but Bruhl’s performance really takes “Rush” into the next gear.
Final Thought: While “Rush” wasn’t captivating enough to make me a fan of F1 racing (I doubt that “Rush” will convert any non-race fans) but what it did do is give me a real appreciation for the sport. Coming from someone who wasn’t gaga over “Senna”, “Rush” is as entertaining as a movie about Formula One could have been.
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