Rush (2013) | Movie Review

Release date: September 20 (limited) / September 27, 2013
Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min. 
MPAA Rating: R

It has been ages since I've reviewed a movie on this blog! Mostly it's because I have been binge-watching TV shows, so I haven't been to the movie theater as much as usual. It's also because, out of the few movies I've seen, none of them really made enough of an impact on me to talk about them. Until this one. When I saw the preview for Rush  for the first time it immediately sparked my interest. I tried to dismiss it because, really, since when do movies about car racing look good to me? I haven't seen an F1 race since the 90s! Still, every time I saw the preview I found myself getting more and more curious, so when the film finally hit the theaters this weekend I made sure to be there.

Rush is a biographical film about the rivalry of two F1 drivers: James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two of them couldn't have been more different: James is charming English womanizer, into racing for the thrill of it, but his Austrian opponent Niki is the quiet and disciplined type. It sounds like just another sports action movie, but it's actually so much more than that. Rush could have boiled down to guys and their cars, but it turned out to also be about life and its choices, about respect and determination.

My favorite part of the film, aside from the brilliant acting, was probably the fact that the story was told from two different perspectives. Both Hunt and Lauda occasionally serve as narrators and both of their stories are told with equal importance. For me, this was one of those films that made me want to find out more about their lives and figure out how accurate was their depiction in the movie. To my surprise, the majority of the events were true, with only some details sacrificed or embellished for the sake of the story. More importantly, it seems that the film stayed true to the spirit and tone of the real life relationships.

The pacing is impeccable. While the on-track action naturally made my heart race (no pun intended), the off-track story was just as engaging, if not more. Nothing really felt like a "filler" scene or a purely transitional moment. Rush  is also a perfect illustration for the fact that "spoilers" only spoil a story that relies on the element of surprise, and knowing what's coming can't ruin truly well executed tension. If you've seen the trailer or heard of the real events, you know the crash will happen and you know what follows, yet none of that knowledge effects how the scenes make you feel. 

Two hours of Rush flew by on what felt like one single breath. I'm so glad Ron Howard is back to making great films - I think this one is definitely one of his best works. I was also thoroughly impressed by Daniel Brühl, whom I haven't seen since Inglourious Basterds . Overall, I can't recommend this movie enough. I really enjoyed it and I think it's definitely worth a trip to a movie theatre!

Did you guys see Rush  this weekend?