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HD. The heated rivalry between Formula One superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda bubbles over during the unforgettable 1976 season.
Ron Howard
Chris HemsworthDaniel BruhlOlivia Wilde
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Alexandra Maria LaraPierfrancesco Favino
Andrew EatonEric FellnerBrian OliverPeter MorganBrian GrazerRon Howard
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JoeReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Based on a true story
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This movie is based on the true story of the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1976 Formula One season.

I am not a racing buff, and have never enjoyed watching people turning left endlessly on TV. However I did enjoy this movie. It is hard to talk about it much without giving away the plot, but suffice it is to say that Rush is a well directed movie with a solid story and worthy performances from both Chris Hemsworth as partyboy Hunt and Daniel Brühl as serious-as-a-heartattack Lauda. The contrast between the characters only serve to highlight and intensify the highs and lows both drivers go through in a season filled with spectacular triumph and devastating tragedy.

While the story is only about 75% accurate, it is nonetheless as realistic as possible due to the involvement and input of the real (and still living) Niki Lauda. Lauda rejected numerous overtures from Hollywood to make a blockbuster movie based on his 1976 season but finally gave his consent to a script, director, and cast he deemed worthy of retelling it nearly four decades later.

While I enjoyed almost all aspects of the movie, I thought that the pacing could have been better as it does get slow while developing the personalities of the characters. This is ironic, as pacing is probably the single most important aspect of racing from what I understand - more important than stepping on the gas with a lead foot and just as important has having the best tech on the track. Even taking a star off for that, this movie delivers what its title promises and should appeal to a wide audience.
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Arthur MortensenReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
At Last, A Plausible Racing Movie!
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"Rush" is worth seeing, and that's different. Fact is, racing movies are rarely worth seeing. Soap opera plots, terrible race simulation, and an emphasis on catastrophe make most of them B-movie, bubble gum movies (some of which are funny and entertaining). The only exception before 2013 that this writer can recall was 1965's "Grand Prix," directed by John Frankenheimer. It did have a soap opera plot, but it focused with remarkable effectiveness on a plausible Formula I campaign featuring an aging star's challenge by two much younger and bolder drivers, with much detailed observation of how motor sport teams work. Made in the era before workstation graphics could simulate almost anything perfectly, the film featured extraordinary driving sequences, many of which were driven by the film's stars.

Ron Howard's "Rush" is a better film, not so much for the very effective simulation of actual racing conditions (though it is excellent at that, often far better than "Grand Prix" ever could have been), but for an impressive, well-written, and well-played depiction of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1978 Formula I campaign. To effectuate the plot, Lauda is portrayed somewhat unfairly (Lauda, a three-time champion, was one of the greats, and is still active as a team manager). But that's fine; this is fiction based on history, not biography. As the fierce Lauda, Daniel Bruhl is marvelous, and manages to be an oddly sympathetic character despite a deadly competitiveness and technomaniac humorlessness that nearly get him killed at the 'Ring. His courtship of Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara) is weirdly charming, their strong connection and loyalty a surprise in a sport as notorious as Hollywood is for casual infidelities.

Chris Hemsworth was so right as James Hunt, a driver as vividly in the public eye in his day as Stirling Moss was in his, that I wondered if Hemsworth might be related. Really the last of privately financed drivers (and of course Hunt didn't win his championship that way), he was a throwback to a pre-corporate sponsor era in Formula I racing, a sport considered as much romance as competition, and was fabulously deadly, killing one or two stars every year and injuring many more drivers horribly. It also often killed spectators, sometimes in large numbers.

The story, unlike most racing films, embraces the complications of team, friendship, courtship, and competition in a sport that has its roots in chariot racing in classical times. Howard manages to restrain the "announcer over" style that makes a mess of so many sports movies (they start to sound like NFL highlight films). "Rush" is not at all like that. I enjoyed all of the characters, and have seen the movie twice. The conflict between Lauda and Hunt, in the fabulous milieu of motor racing, which was real and widely reported in 1978, was a great choice, forcing the whole company to attach itself to real things instead of to the usual romantic fantasies about racing.

However, to be honest, "Rush" is a film about a variety of Formula I racing that has entirely vanished. For all this sport's reputation for deadliness, great former drivers like Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, and many others in the FIA, have over the past forty years recreated Formula I. They've done this by making its tracks safe (there used to be trees lining the roadways, and spectators sat unprotected along the edges as well), vastly improving car safety, and finally excluding the ever-dangerous amateurs who used to share in the competition. Despite those changes, the cars are far faster, and the crowds bigger by an order of magnitude. And yet, it has been twenty years since there has been a fatality in Formula I, a record far better than American football. I'm not knocking Howard for making a film about another era, but one shouldn't take his incisive and wonderfully made movie as a depiction of where motor sport is today. The romance of blood, the driver as matador, has faded thankfully into history. Today, millions of people enjoy seeing their heroes drive faster than ever and live to race again next season.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
We almost bailed on this one in the first half hour.
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Having stayed with it because of a fortuitous break for ice cream turned out to be a wise choice because everything that after that was pretty good. I grew up in a little town that had a quarter mile stock car track and we weren’t very far from Watkins Glen but I was never really into watching the races and have not found many movies about it all that interesting. What worked well in this one was the casting, acting and direction and I doubt a lesser director would have achieved the same results. the interpersonal relationships and the fierce competitiveness of the two main drivers made for an interesting movie and the racing scenes were excellent and some stock footage was nice. It was also a movie I didn’t have to pay much attention to because it was pretty easy to follow so I’m glad we stayed with it but the first half hour wasn’t the best part of it.
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Robert HayesReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A bold and exhilarating sports drama
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I don't particularly gravitate towards sports movies, primarily because I'm just not into sports but also because a lot of them are cliche-ridden underdog stories that have been done to death. Not so with RUSH. In what is the best film that Ron Howard has done in years, Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl give excellent performances as James Hunt and Niki Lauda: Formula One drivers whose rivalry gave each other purpose and motivation to succeed. As personalities, they couldn't have been more different. James Hunt was brash, more of a ladies' man and reveled in the fame that being a race car driver afforded. Niki Lauda was more cold, calculating and concerned with the technical aspects of racing, and he could also be quite blunt. What I liked about this movie, aside from the racing aspect, was the examination of these two polar opposite personalities and the way in which they pushed each other forward. There is plenty of screen time allotted to establishing their characters, and once they meet, sparks fly. I thought both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl did an excellent job in portraying these two men, and made it seem very believable. Of course, this is a racing movie, so the other question would be how that aspect stacks up. No lie, this movie had some of the best, and most thrilling racing sequences I've seen. Ever. Apparently, they had actual drivers (and the actors) drive Formula One cars at high speeds and attached cameras to the outside to capture the feel of what it would be like to be in one of those cars. It was really exhilarating stuff, and it's a pity that I wasn't able to catch this in theaters when it first came out. I also should mention the incredible score by Hans Zimmer, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite film composers. He created an epic feel, not unlike what he did with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Still, it was distinct from that iconic score and added a lot to the overall feel of the film. There was also a good selection of 1970's classic rock. Overall, there's not a thing I can think of that's even a little wrong with this film. Every aspect of it perfectly displays the skills of the talent involved, and the central story elevates it above your typical sports drama. Even if sports movies aren't your thing, you'd be remiss for not giving this one a try.
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Hee Chul KwonReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a true work of Genious art. No one but Ron Howard was able to gather the best members to make this kind of best of the best car racing movie possible. RON HOWARD(DIRECTOR of THE DAVINCI CODE, THE BEAUTIFUL MIND, RANSOME, BACKDRAFT, COCCOON, A BEAUTIFUL MIND and 39 films) , HANS ZIMMER (MUSICIAN of BLACK RAIN, THE DARK NIGHT, RAIN MAN, THE LION KING, TRUE ROMANCE and 176 movies) Anthony Dod Mantle (Cinematographer of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, 28 DAYS AFTER, DOGVILLE, 127 HOURS and 52 movies> Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill(EDITOR of 37 gorgeous movies).
They are the dream team and the result is unbelievably artistic eye poping piece of work adrenallin pumping pop music video art like movie you will never forget that you will watch it again and again.

It is way better then <DAYS OF THUNDER> or <FAST AND FURIOUS series> for sure.

The story is simple about this two rival. They are even fight in dreams. Bun when one is injured brutally, the other is painfully helping with all his heart. Support with his mind.
Even when the guy is recovered and came back to the Grand Prix, he looses the game just to let the guy win back again once and for all.

Thinking back car is the dream for all man.
The pure beauty of it's look, the sound of the engine, the smoothness of it's color and metal line of it.
Just to pollish is to make us so happy. No?
And then the race? You have no ida.
When I was in La, when I was able to run more then 160 per hour some times, I really felt free totally.
That's why these guys are taking their life on this game.

There are so many shots that are so so artistic and this movie won so many editing awards from all around the world and they deserved more.
Also the cinematography was a work of art itself if you will see, you will definately say wow what a job.
No other movie is even close to this one at all.

The sound and music is unbelievable also even though this is not 7. sound it is enough for now since it is DTS HD and that was enough for me although two speakers were resting at that time.

Especially the rainny day scene was amazing for me and you will love it so much too.

Two main actors are so lovable. One is kind of a playboy typle and the other quite all into game type. Both in their own way perfect.

Watch it or you will never have a chance to enjoy the true life at all.
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ShannonReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a terrible movie, poor acting, bad lines and bad picture quality
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This is a terrible movie, poor acting, bad lines and the picture quality is not even close to what one expects when purchasing Blu-ray. You can't just put a blu-ray label on a movie and charge more for it. In addition, I hate it when I have to skip multiple previews. Blu-ray should always allow the user to press Top Menu to skip previews and go straight to the movie. Every time someone wants to watch this movie they will have to skip all the previews plus copyright notices plus company logos involved in the making of the movie. Its just getting to be tooooooo much!
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shazamReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of Ron Howard's Best!
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This movie is about the competitive dynamic between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda in F1 racing in the mid 1970's.James doesn't have to live the straight laced life like his brother.He's a playboy and races more for the pleasure of the sport. Nikki doesn't follow in the footsteps in the family business,but also sees the sport more as a business.They both could be right here.While they,indeed,might envy each other;they also are sort of fair to each other.They might be loath to admit it though.One aspect where Nikki might be one up on James is that he's all in.He understands the physics of the sport and the mechanics as a second nature.You'll really enjoy this movie.There are more extras in the Blu-Ray edition.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I was hesitant to watch this movie even after all the reviews & preview....
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Racing movies??? Who will win? Drama? A crazy upset? A bad accident? People will die, egos, downfalls and comebacks etc etc... ..All things very predictable I thought. But this movie was much more. Acting was as good as can be done. And whats better than a movie based on true events. It is not amongst the movies I have a passion for, yet I think it is a great movie and for anyone who likes racing movies the slightest, im sure its a amazing movie. If I enjoyed every second of it, im sure a great movie for just about anyone. DONT THINK, JUST WATCH AND ENJOY...
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