Thanks to Hopscotch films we had the chance to see Ron Howard‘s biopic ‘Rush‘ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Based on true events, Rush follows the eternal rivalry between English Race Car driver James Hunter (Chris Hemsworth) and his Austrian competitor Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) from their first racing race-offs all the way up to the big leagues of Formula One.
Rush is a biographic film set in the ’70s with director Ron Howard giving a perfect representation of how these two totally different competitors made their way to the top. Hunter is a popular playboy who is adored by his fans, and behind the wheel he just follows his instincts to which he risks his life in every single race. Lauda is also charismatic but he achieves his racing success via a more serious and methodical racing style, in which he tries to become the best by aiming for perfection.
Daniel Brühl delivers a world-class portrayal of Niki Lauda, helped by how similar this talented actor looks to the racing legend himself. Brühl is definitely the star of the film, and we would not be surprised if he gets nominated for some awards around the globe.
On the other hand, Australia’s mega-star Chris Hemsworth feels right for the role of James Hunter. However, despite doing a fantastic performance as the arrogant tomcat racer, his forced British accent takes away some of the positive points in his performance, making his portrayal sound a bit funny sometimes.
In addition to the impressive cast, Rush also presents some of the most incredible races ever put on film. Stunning sequences show the races from the driver’s point of view in rain, fog and during some dangerous laps as well, making the cinematography of the racing sequences absolutely flawless.
Rush is a must-see for every racing-fan, full of adrenaline and with great directing from renowned filmmaker Ron Howard. It includes strong drama and an outstanding lead actor more than capable of bringing the legend and legacy of Niki Lauda to the big screen, with an Oscar-worthy performance.
Rush opens in cinemas 3rd October 2013