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Rush [DVD]
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 November 2013
The rivalry between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda though of comparatively short duration, was nevertheless one of the greatest rivalries in sporting history. The stakes were huge: life, death, the world championship.

Even though I did not follow Formula 1 racing then or ever, I clearly remember when this rivalry went global with badly burned reigning Formula One world champion Nikki Lauda being pulled out of a burning car at a grand prix, by other drivers. Almost dead from his injuries, it looked like his season if not his career was over.

I also clearly remember watching the charismatic James Hunt being interviewed about the subject. Considerably behind Lauda on points in the world championship, his act of getting out of the car to help rescue Lauda could have potentially ruined his own ambitions to become world champion. Truly, this is one of the most remarkable sporting rivalries of all time.

So, it was with more than a little anticipation that I looked forward to watching Ron Howard's take on these events done with the cooperation of Nikki Lauda. James Hunt sadly died of a heart attack in 1993 at age 45.

If you are like me, you do not have to be a big racing fan to enjoy this. Everyone understands we live in a world of rivalry and competition, and Ron Howard does an admirable job in this movie in crafting one of the most memorable movies of the year.

While I was one of the few people not very impressed with the movie Thor, there is no doubt in watching this movie that Chris Hemsworth does an awesome job as James Hunt, easily matching the charisma of the great character, who was both a charmer and a legendary womanizer, and that Hemsworth is a great star. I consider this to be his best role to date.

The title Rush is quite appropriate as you may experience a certain rush of adrenaline in watching the movie.

I think the movie in a way balances perfectly, because if you are like me, as you watch, clearly as a social guy Hunt steals the show, and as a technical and methodical racer, Lauda is superior. In a way they come across as total opposites, yet at the end one does admire both, Lauda for his heroic comeback showing what a true competitor he is, and Hunt for his charisma and skill.

Rush is jam packed with interesting events. You do not need I think to know much about movie going in, just allow it to rush over you.

I think most people will enjoy it, and I hope this was helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This movie is a lively, action-packed sports drama, which fondly re-creates the energy and thrills of Formula One racing back in the 1970's. The film focuses on the sporting rivalry between the racing driver James Hunt, who's played by Chris Hemsworth, and his toughest opponent, the ill-fated Niki Lauda. The race track re-creations are spot-on and provide plenty of visceral thrills.
This is a predominantly fact-based film which charts the infamous, no holds barred competitive and personal rivalries between the playboy British racing driver, Hunt, and his arch nemesis, the Austrian driver Lauda, who's played by Daniel Bruhl. The movie supplies highly impressive period detail in its vivid depiction and re-creation of the most famous races between these two champion drivers. It starts out with the very early days of their numerous contretemps on the circuits, when they had their very first clash, which happened in F3 racing in 1970. This early bout of crossed swords subsequently set the tone for their regular on and off-track sparring, and it ends after the historic and fateful F1 season in 1976.
Hunt and Lauda were like chalk and cheese. Hunt was undisciplined, insouciant and irreverent, a flirt and a womaniser with barrel-loads of braggadocio. He led a shamelessly decadent lifestyle and was cockily unapologetic about it. Lauda, by stark contrast, was a devoted family man and a remorseless workaholic and perfectionist, who made the very most of his natural talent. He was also perhaps somewhat blinkered about the pursuit of his goals, and the speed with which he returned to racing after suffering frankly horrific injuries, is painful for the viewer to behold.
Just like any great movie about important sporting history, this film doesn't set out its stall by simply relying on the action scenes for its dramatic impact. There's a strong focus on character here too, and both Hemsworth and Bruhl do a marvellous job of bringing to life the evident antipathy and grudging respect which these two sporting greats had for each other.
All in all, this is a first rate sporting drama, with plenty to please F1 fans, as well as those looking for a skilfully crafted and involving action flick, which doesn't sacrifice plot and character at the expense of CGI, effects and stunts. Thoroughly recommended.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2015
I only bought this because of all the five star reviews,I had little interest in motor racing,but I do remember James Hunt and Niki Lauda back in the seventies.WOW,this film was fabulous.The story of the Hunt/Lauda rivalry/friendship is perfectly enhanced by the casting of Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth who so magically bring them to life.Ron Howard has made a marvellous film with a great script ,I was glued to my seat.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 25 January 2014
To any F1 fan that didn't get the chance to watch this great motion spectacular at the cinema i honestly feel sorry for you. You will never realise the true "blow away" nature of this film on the big screen aided by full surround sound audio. As a huge F1 fan i was lucky enough to take my girlfriend to see the film on release day, now she isn't the biggest F1 fan but even she liked the gripping nature of wheel to wheel action and realistic historical accuracy that director Ron Howard has attained, mainly due to the input that many people had given that were around at the time such as Nikki Lauda for example.

I have to compliment the two main actors who portrayed Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), not only do they resemble the two they are taking off remarkably well but they evidently did a lot of research regarding both of these two greats as you could easily mistake them both for the real thing. Hemsworth's portrayal of Hunt as a playboy who wants fame and Brühl's of Lauda as a man who almost has a machine like mentality to racing could not be better acted. The script is thoroughly enjoyable and has a good blend of racing, relationships, sex and fright although the main rivalry between the two drivers has been exaggerated beyond what it was in reality but that's to be expected to give the film a more gripping story. For those that need a little more background the film is based around the 1976 F1 Season but naturally does have some background based on what happened before and then after that period.

As for this specific product, You get a very nice Steel case matching the whole RUSH theme and inside you have the Blu-ray disk and also a copy of the film on DVD which means you'll still be able to watch it pretty much wherever you go. Part of the Limited Edition means you also get Deleted scenes and also behind the scenes and how the film was made.

Don't get me wrong you'll always find little things that have been put into a film that shouldn't be there, certainly as an avid F1 fan i prefer accuracy over many other things, but this is a film BASED on what happened and therefore not a total recreation of what happened yet the alterations they have made aren't enough to spoil it, indeed as a showcase of how things were back then this is fantastic, mostly accurate and gripping but I don't need to tell you that do I? You went to see it for yourself and left the cinema with the same conclusion.

VERDICT: It's a great film, if anything long overdue and the steel-book Limited edition makes it extra special for any F1 fan. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

P.S. Be aware that Amazon has lumped all the reviews of the DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook Limited Edition together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Blue ray and dvd its amazing.
best film in my collection now. If you like F1 its a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Fantastic film, definitely worth paying extra for the blu-ray edition, good quality case and all for a very reasonable price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
Had big expectations for this film, and it was good, and seemed to reflect the main dirvers very well. As I was at Brands Hatch in 1976 for the big race between Hunt and Lauda it brough back lots of memories. If you are of a certain age then you will keep saying "I remember that!" all through the film much to the annoyance of your younger viewers....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2014
Wonderful film, well written and photographed. As true to real life as any "film" can be after the Hollywood influence has had its bit added. A film for race fans and those who are not F.1 fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2014
Really good film, well written and direction, good racing shoots. Acted well by all. did enjoy the brief racing at the Crystal Palace circuit because as a nine year old child me and my mates used to go up to the park and watch the races there, sadly kids wouldn't be allowed to do that now. too much newspaper driven paranoia.

Buy it, Watch it, Enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
A cracking film. Although it is not necessarily completely historically accurate as has been advised by some other reviewers and I agree with them on this point with the fact that actually both Hunt and Lauda didn't want to race at Germany in August 1976.

However, the performances of Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and particularly Daniel Bruhl is Niki Lauda are sensational, with both actors accents spot on and personality traits also bang on the money (Lauda was a great driver but also a tactician who was disliked by even his teammates and Hunt is a womanising, alcoholic but funny personality who was very popular).

The characters hold the film together but what makes this a special film is the view from inside the drivers helmet, inside the car cockpit and brilliantly close to the action, the cinematographer of "Slumdog Millionaire" and this Anthony Dod Mantle has done the impossible and made us get an idea of what it feels like to drive an F1 car without actually doing it obviously.

This is director Ron Howard's best film since Apollo 13. Although it is brilliant, it is not quite the "Senna" (2010) documentary in terms of content. Stylish, great thrill ride though and above all else, fun.
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