Competition is good, competition can drive you to be the best you can be. This is the theory I believe in Universal Pictures new movie RUSH. Rush which opens in selected theatres on Sept 20th and Nationwide Sept 27th is Rated R. Directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, Rush tells the story of two unlikely Formula 1 race car drivers, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), from Britian and Niki Lauda(Daniel Bruhl) from Austria. James Hunt is Mr Debonair, good looking and a well playboy who seems to get whatever he wants. Niki Lauda is well, an average Joe who is quite rude, not going to win any Mr. good looking awards and is almost stone cold. One thing they do share in common is the will to be the best in their selected profession and that is Formula 1 racing.
This movie mainly tells the story of their fight for supremacy during the 1976 Formula One season but we do see Hunt and Lauda meeting in the early 70’s and how this rivalry ensues. Hunt uses his good looks to propel himself in the off the track fun while Lauda uses his love for the race car and almost obsession to make his car faster while not worrying about what is going on around him. The story delves into each of these true life characters personal lives and how each one ticked, marriages and friendships and of course the crash during that 1976 Grand prix season that sent Lauda to almost certain death.
Rush is a very well made movie, including the realistic race scenes which only lend to a very interesting story. Chris Hemsworth does a wonderful job as James Hunt, playing that to a Tee with a charisma and enjoyment that I’m sure embodied the real life Hunt. Meanwhile Daniel Bruhl encompasses Niki Lauda in his mannerisms and drive that the real Lauda exemplified in his life. Olivia Wilde, whom I didn’t even recognize, plays wonderfully Suzie Sparkles the jet setting model wife of James Hunt who loves him but still wants more. I loved all the actors in this movie and each brought something to their role which helped progress the movie well. The fact that these two rivalries were so powerful showed how each pushed the other to strive harder, work harder and be better to reach their goals, it’s amazing. Director Howard does a great service of letting the racing tell a story while not hampering the other storylines and the scenes in the cars are great. We understand that sometimes all of us need to be pushed to be great, to not sit on our laurels and when we do we at least have the chance to succeed. These two work horses almost needed each other to be what they became and even though the character of Lauda is such a real well A-hole his persistence and drive is so inspiring that you find yourself rooting for him and what he had to endure after that horrific crash. I thoroughly enjoyed Rush and know you will too, this will definitely hae some Oscar buzz as well it should, it’s one of the top movies of 2013.