There seem to be few things American audiences care less about than Formula One. (Except perhaps soccer but that’s a topic for another film review…) For whatever reason, Formula One is just what All-American film director Ron Howard tackles in Rush.
The film focuses on the 1976 Formula One racing season when English race car driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian race car driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) butted heads as they battled it out on the track to be crowned the best in the world. The two drivers couldn’t be more opposite. Hunt is a charismatic ladies man enjoying all the excesses of the 1970s; Lauda is a relatively impersonal, uptight guy. Hunt is all heart and Lauda is all head. But it was the unexpected left turn that life throws at the two men that helps to shape them both.
Howard knows how to weave a suspenseful story. From the speeding race scenes to the personal stories, Rush offers thrills with a heart. While Rush is the focus of two competitors who don’t understand one another and want nothing more than to beat the other, it shows in the end that while they might have talked tough they really had a deep respect for one another. It’s a fascinating story based on a true story.