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Rush, an Exhilarating Thrill Ride

March 26, 2014

When I first saw the trailers for Rush I was not expecting it to be very good. It looked like the movie was all about two idiots who managed to act like children while racing against one another. Thankfully, something about the trailer made me want to watch the movie so I later rented it when it showed up on Netflix.

Rush is an exhilarating film that explores the various things that drive us as people. By exploring the characters of two different racers at the same time, we get to see what racing was like for two totally different personalities. James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) gives us an idea what a hot headed playboy in racing is like. Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) gives us a taste of what a more calculated approach brings to the same sport.

Early on the film tells us that the focus will be on the rivalry between Lauda and Hunt. Though I have never watched Formula 1 before, I found the rivalry to be quite engaging. It gives deeper meaning to the film as races come and go. I would have liked to have seen more of some of the races, especially because of the exotic locations where they were set. Still, I recognize that budgetary concerns and the realities of recreating some of these races make that difficult.

Hans Zimmer wrote a magnificent main theme for the film that captures perfectly the spirit of competition at its core. At times the music is primarily instrumental rock but once the orchestra comes in with the main theme, it feels as powerful as it should. I had heard some samples of the music prior to seeing the film and wrote off Zimmer’s score as boring rock. Thankfully, it proved to be much more than that.

In a world where many films feel shallow and lacking in meaning, Rush races ahead with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Recognizing the true story behind the film makes it even more exciting. I can only imagine what it must have been like to follow this glorious rivalry as it was unfolding in real time on the Formula 1 Circuit. Thankfully, “Rush” manages to deliver plenty of thrills of its own.
4.5/5

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