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The title doesn't do it enough justice,
This review is from: Rush [DVD] (DVD)
Based on true events in the mid/late 70's, it reflects on the lives of two adrenalin rush addicts James Hunt and Niki Lauada as they compete neck and neck to become world champion on the Grand Prix surviving horrific accidents and victories on the way(I think... could be Formula 1, but anyway the acting and suspense was very well done).
I don't know much about any sport including motor racing but I do like learning about things around that era and the 80's so I knew I wouldn't be totally bored, but I was pleasantly surprised even from the beginning I found it to be a really engaging film and I started to actually care for these people.
James Hunt is a cocky, womanizing driver whom enjoys his fame and attention from winning races all around the world but also engaging with his enemy Niki Lauda who took the racing and winning much more seriously it seemed than James Hunt. Despite the competition and feuds along the way, both the racers ended up being likable people for the films sake.
The competition between the two was so advanced they put themselves at risk as they raced in torrential rain just to prove who was the better driver and Niki almost ends up dead in a serious accident which included the car setting alight with him still inside. I was on the edge of my seat as the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, despite knowing that he does survive in this real event, the acting and realism of that scene was totally believable and edgy.
Watching James Hunt take the lead of him whilst in hospital, Niki enters the racing once more with his mutilated face as the battled it out once again on equal terms it would seem since Hunt felt responsible for his injuries, Niki felt mutual about it, but nonetheless he earned my respect but despite everything the ending was very satisfying and almost tear jerking as Lauda, who narrates, explained their newly found friendship and Hunts untimely death at 45 of a heart attack. Years on today Lauda still has his scars and red cap as we get a peak of the real Niki Lauda and some snippets of James Hunt in the 70's which was easy to compare with the actor whom portrayed him and the makeup used to make this happen was bang on.
The entire film is based solely on those two so none of the other drivers were mentioned that I could recall of as we had an insight of relationships and life outside racing. Despite Lauda's burned scars, his wife still managed to love him which made the film even more emotional and makes us realize that he still had room for love over his fame.
Hunt however, womanizing as ever, according to Wikipedia managed to find a new fiance after divorcing Suzie Miller, on hours before his death.
But the film leave us with Niki explaining how James was one of the few drivers he liked.