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5.0 out of 5 stars Vroom Vroom. Theatrical release review
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...
Published 20 months ago by L. Power

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but less gripping than documentaries on the same events
1976. Two racing drivers are competing for the Formula One World Championship. Racing for Ferrari is Niki Lauda, a studious, restrained, methodical and logical driver. Racing for McLaren is James Hunt, a flamboyant British playboy who prefers partying to doing homework about downforce and aerodynamics. Their radically different styles of driving are put to the test in a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vroom Vroom. Theatrical release review, 6 Nov. 2013
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L. Power "nlp trainer" (San Francisco) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rush [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 'AN ADRENALINE RUSH', 31 Jan. 2014
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Certainly an appropriate heading......from start to finish it is indeed an
adrenaline rush.
The film tells the 'true' story of the on and off track rivalry between track
legends 'James Hunt' and 'Niki Lauda'
Playboy 'James Hunt' lives his life in the fast-lane, his on-track driving
reflecting his personality.
'Niki Lauda' is knowledgeable about the workings of his rides on the track,
his actions on the race track both deliberate and methodical.
The film follows both drivers lives on and off the track, the rivalry between
the two almost certainly led to 'Niki Lauda's' near-fatal crash in the German
Grand-Prix 1976
His courage returning to the track the same season was driven by the
determination to try and stop his rival claiming the championship.
I think possibly if but eventually they had a mutual respect for each other.
The film is without question both exciting and intense, it will keep you on
the edge of your seat throughout.
Great casting....'Chris Hemsworth' as 'James Hunt' and 'Daniel Bru'hl' as
'Niki Lauda'
It's a brilliant movie that warrants it's acclaim, quite simply 'A MUST SEE'
Great visual content and superb sound quality on board (Blu-Ray)
Special features :
*Deleted scenes.
*The real story of Rush.
*Race for the chequered flag.
*The making of Rush.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but less gripping than documentaries on the same events, 1 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Rush [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
1976. Two racing drivers are competing for the Formula One World Championship. Racing for Ferrari is Niki Lauda, a studious, restrained, methodical and logical driver. Racing for McLaren is James Hunt, a flamboyant British playboy who prefers partying to doing homework about downforce and aerodynamics. Their radically different styles of driving are put to the test in a season-long showdown that will leave one of them physically scarred for life.

Rush is the movie dramatisation of the events of the 1976 Formula One championship season. This season is infamous for its nailbiting, year-long battle between Hunt and Lauda. The showdown is often cited as being the transformative moment for F1's popular appeal, turning it from a niche sport into a global phenomenon as a result of the sale of TV rights for the whole season, allowing motor sports fans across the world to see every race rather than odd highlights.

It's also noted for another shocking event: at one of the races Lauda's Ferrari spun out and burst into flames. It took a minute for Lauda to be pulled from the car, during which he suffered burns to his entire body. He was rushed to hospital and was not expected to survive, even being given the Last Rites by a priest. Unbelievably, Lauda survived and recovered. Even more unbelievably, he was back in the racing seat just six weeks after the accident, determined to take the championship to the last race, which he did.

If director Ron Howard had made up this story, people would be howling to the rafters about its contrived nature. However, the fact that it is true adds an air of authenticity to the drama which really helps sell the tension.

As well as its story and tension, Rush also does very well with its actors. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl play Hunt and Lauda to perfection, with Bruhl in particular going to some lengths to nail Lauda's very precise and distinctive way of speaking, familiar to hundreds of millions of people around the world from almost forty years of working in F1 (as a driver and more recently as a team executive for Mercedes). Other actors tend to fade a little in less-prominent appearances, but Alexandra Maria Lara brings dignity to the role of Lauda's wife, Marlene, and Natalie Dormer has a small but memorable role as a nurse treating Hunt for a crash injury early on in the movie.

Where the film falters is its treatment of the races. Millions of people watch F1 every year all around the world and faking the races with CGI was never going to work (you can tell straight away). Indeed, the few scenes where CGI is clearly used are distracting. At the same time, Howard was never going to get a budget large enough to accurately rebuild 20+ 1976 F1 racing cars and race them at the real circuits, where they have survived (in fact, the $38 million budget is rather small for such a film). The result is a compromise: several real cars are built and raced around, enhanced with CG where necessary, with the distracting use of full-CGI scenes and backgrounds kept to a minimum. This all works reasonably well, but it means that the actual racing is kept to a minimum, with the focus on the drama.

This is where the film comes unstuck. Howard establishes early on that Hunt is the playboy who lives on the seat of his pants and loves partying and women, whilst Lauda is the serious technician who knows the engineering of F1 cars better than several of his dedicated engineers. And that's really it, neither of them change or evolve through the film. Hunts gets married because he thinks it's good for his image and this doesn't work out, which we could guess. Lauda is arrogant and opinionated and is sometimes proven wrong, teaching him occasional moments of humility which never seem to last. A frequent problem of adapting real events into stories is that real life is too disorganised and people too varied to fit into the boxes required by drama, and in this case there isn't enough meat to the story arcs to justify the amount of time that is spent on the non-racing segments.

As a result, Rush (***) feels a little bit lightweight. The racing scenes, where they actually exist, are good. The battle on track and the off-track battle of wills between the two drivers is well-handled, driven by excellent performances. But there isn't enough actual character development to justify the amount of time spent on the non-racing segments, and there isn't enough money or practical ability to focus on the racing segments more successfully than they do here. It all ends up being fun, but with a sense of also being underwhelming compared to some of the actual documentaries covering the events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow amazing, 20 Feb. 2014
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Blue ray and dvd its amazing.
best film in my collection now. If you like F1 its a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film, 20 Feb. 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film, 18 Feb. 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I have seen ever, 17 Feb. 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great involving film, 2 Feb. 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun thrill ride for all film fans, formula1 or not, 29 Jan. 2014
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended., 3 Oct. 2014
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Considering the director Ron Howard (a genius in his field) had barely heard about F1 prior to making this movie, he manages to capture the thrilling pace and excitement of Race day, plus the risks these men took in the more dangerous hey day of the sport. The two lead characters are stunning in their portrayal of Hunt and Lauda. Thoroughly recommended.
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