Reviewed by Delphi Ellis
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Ron Howard
Running Time: 2 hours 3 minutes
The thrill, challenge and pitfalls of being a racing driver were no stranger to loveable rogue James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) as we join this adaptation of a true story at the time of his Formula 3 career. It was here that Hunt first meets his nemesis, Niki Lauda, (Daniel Brühl) a far from charismatic Austrian whose focus and dedication to win, won him very few (if any) friends.
The story follows Hunt and Lauda in to their respective Formula 1 careers and journey towards the 1976 World Championship with the highs and inevitable lows of marriage, defeats and of course Lauda's terrifying crash which leaves him scarred to this day – both men approaching their lives and these challenges in very different ways.
The film provides an intriguing insight into the decisions made amongst racing teams and drivers which cost so many their lives over the years, but at the same time contains the right mix of suspense, drama, humour and of course fast car action.
The sound of the engines combined with the cinematography which truly captures the essence of the racing scene really make this film one to watch. This combined with superb representations of Hunt and Lauda by the actors who played them, and the rivalry which nearly cost them more than their drives, you will find it hard not to be transported back to the 70's and watch in awe as the events unfold, just as they did back then.
Rush is now showing at Cineworld Milton Keynes at cinemas nationwide.