Genre: Biographical Sports Action Drama
Running Time: 120 minutes
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: A biography of Formula 1 champion drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
Malaysia release date: September 26th 2013
Distributor / studio: TGV / (multiple)
Verdict: Its Hollywood-style trailers certainly did not do the film any justice at all. This is not a typical racing sports flick, it’s freaking masterpiece and it’s no surprise when it has the brilliant direction of Ron Howard, charming screenplay by Peter Morgan and moving score composed by Hans Zimmer. Rush is a gripping and heartfelt ride which depicts the true story of two legendary F-1 drivers, effectively conveying the essence of life-endangering passion, friendly rivalry and what it means to win. If you’re not familiar with Formula One at all, you’d enjoy the film as much as I did and probably even be interested to follow the sport. It’s also amazing that the main cast actually do look like the real people they portray. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how well Chris Hemsworth can actually act on top of his charm, but the star of the film to me is Daniel Bruhl. Hands down, one of the top sports epic in years. I’d have absolutely no complaints if Rush gets nominated for a number of Oscars.
Girlfriend’s opinion: “I could actually feel the kind of relationship that only men could have and understand; very engaging and moving.”
Malaysian censorship: All sex and nudity are completely removed along with two noticeable dialogue lines. Total running time censored is approximately 2 minutes. As usual our dear local board of film censorship classified a release as “18” and yet still make needless chopping work. However, this time, it actually doesn’t really affect the movie much.
Rating: 5 / 5
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Who’s the better driver, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) or James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)? Lauda is clearly the better racer. In the film, he’s good at tuning the cars himself and even after missing two races after the crash and one more after pulling himself out in the final Grand Prix in Japan, he only lost to Hunt by a point in the season. In Lauda’s F-1 career, he had three championship titles whereas Hunt had only this one.
Why does James Hunt vomit before every race? This is something that’s not clearly conveyed in the film. From documentaries and articles that I read about Hunt, the nausea was apparently caused by fear, excitement and nerve that he felt before a race. He has balls and he’d sacrifice his life to win but that doesn’t mean he’s not scared, and thus the condition is not contradicting in the movie.
How accurate is Rush compared to the real story? Here’s an interesting read with photos of the true story vs. the movie. And here’s the real footage of Niki Lauda’s big crash in Nurburgring 1976. I was surprised that it’s actually not exaggerated. The crash and burn injuries were really as bad as reenacted, and Lauda really did return to race after just 6 weeks.