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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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TOP 100 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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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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on 20 September 2013
A fascinating re-creation of one of Formula One's great rivalries - but Hunt and Lauda were rival, not enemies.

As in TV's "Ashes to Ashes" these two main characters stand for the contrasting values of different eras; Hunt for the swaggering recklessness that characterised the 70s, and Lauda for the more calculating, technical approach, whose star was in the ascendant. As a result this is much more than "car-crash" entertainment. But, be warned, some of the driving sequences are terrifying, and the scene of Lauda struggling to slide his helmet over his burnt head is stomach-churning. The film doesn't linger on the deaths and injuries, but they haunt the film nonetheless.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl are ideal for their roles , and totally convincing. For F1 fans this is unmissable, and for others it's recommended.
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on 22 October 2013
I never ever write reviews. Nothing is ever good enough!!!!!I am not a formula one fan. This was a film i was mediocre about seeing in the cinema. It turned out to be the most captivating, breathtaking, emotional and entertaining film i have ever had the pleasure to see. I don't remember hunt or lauda, i was a baby at the time, so i had no pre conceived ideas or knowledge of the story. I cannot champion this film enough. It is AMAZING and BRILLIANT in every way. Production and acting is superior to any i've seen. After seeing this film, ( six times in total so far, yes it's THAT good), I've watched interviews with the real niki lauda and james hunt and it amazed me how identical chris hemsworth and daniel brhul are to them in rush. I could praise it all night long!!!!! Can't wait for the dvd. I am in awe of Daniel brhul. Total genius and god damn sexy. I love niki laudas cold undiplomatic steeliness. Wish it was the 1970's now. I would be there!!!! Thank you for this film!!
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on 28 September 2013
Niki Lauda and James Hunt were not the very best of friends. Or were they? It was a confusing relationship and one that was marked by verbal dismissal and antagonistic exchanges on both sides. For his latest feature film, Ron Howard has employed the help of screenwriter Peter Morgan to shed some light on this fractious and contemptuous pairing.

The film accelerates in much the same way as the cars do. From the off, it grabs you by the scruff of the lapels and stirs you into a dizzying dash firstly through the budding promise of talent and initial entanglements and then the infamously fierce 1976 Formula 1 world championship. There are reasonable concerns that the stylistic presentation of Rush - by esteemed cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, no less - could place a (crash) barrier between audience and narrative. It is a noticeably mannered style and one that potentially suggests a cool detachment; an exercise in flamboyance. Such concerns need not last long.

This is a consistently engaging work and one that has both style and substance. It is a rare thing indeed. Peter Morgan is well versed in turning fact-based material into a theatrical event and he would appear to have managed to do history some justice here. This might possibly be down to the fact that he was able to spend a lot of time in the company of Niki Lauda. In any event, the hard work has paid off. The only minor complaint would be the fact that there is a soft-edge here in the tying up of the knots that might be fluffier than reality would have no doubt offered. Even so, this is a very small quibble. Over all, what you have here is a tale of two personalities at the opposite end of the spectrum yet also very much the same, from a slanted and skew-eyed angle. To love the same, but in two wildly different ways. In answer to the question at the top of the review, the answer is yes, he has avoided caricature.

It may be possible to state that this feature is the strongest Ron Howard production in some time. It is a perfect melding of a tightly balanced script and a beautiful realised direction.
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I am not really that big a fan of Formula 1 and such like, personally I would rather play Scaletrix, however this film is something that I find vastly enjoyable. I originally bought this in the DVD version when it came out as a present for my dad, who is a racing fan, and then groaned when he put it on and I was forced to watch it. I must admit that I was completely caught up in the tale and thus I have now got this copy myself.

I do remember when I was younger and my dad having the TV on when James Hunt and Niki Lauda were racing against each other. I even had a model of Hunt’s car to play with. This film really brings to life those days with the contrast between two champion racing drivers, and their differing views and approaches to the sport. For Hunt it was about winning and being the fastest around the track, but for Lauda although winning was part of it, he also felt that the sport was too dangerous, and things could be done to make it safer.

With some brilliant acting and cinematography this makes for something that is more than a sports type film, this takes you into people’s lives and how they were, which really gives this a heavy dose of realism. Of course if you really are into and know the complete history of these two drivers then you will notice a few things that are not really absolutely correct and things have been overplayed and underplayed in parts, but that is more for dramatic appearances than trying to completely alter the tale.

With great picture and sound quality this is a film that you find yourself watching again and again, and includes subtitles and extras, so there is more than enough to keep you entertained. More than just a film about a sport at a certain period this is also about people and how they approach and compete in something with the goal of being the best, and is also a worthy tribute to both Hunt and Lauda.
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A great story (albeit with a little bit of reality sliced off), two very different protagonists, in an epic Formula One racing season all put together extremely well by Ron Howard. Sports films can be formulaic, but this one simply needs to reflect the actual events to keep us busy watching. It also takes the opportunity to take us back to the mid-Seventies when the world (and the sport) were very different. I think even a non-Formula One fan will find this one hell of a story.
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When I heard that a film was to be made of the Hunt/Lauda years I was slightly concerned and even more so when I heard it was to be called Rush and directed by the American Ron Howard who gave us The da Vinci Code. History is littered with dodgy motor racing movies with the exception of Grand Prix, Le Mans and of course Senna. That said, Howard also directed Cocoon, Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon so if anybody could put this amazing story onto celluloid (or whatever it is these days) then maybe he could.

1976 was the year of Britain's everlasting summer and an era of dodgy barnets, flares and fags smoked in the pits and plastered all over those fabulous 3-litre F1 cars. Out of that heady atmosphere of oil and champagne, blood and sweat two very different protagonists pushed each other to the limits to prove who was best. The blonde playboy with his toff backer Lord Hesketh and the Austrian automaton who analysed everything and would accept the 20 per cent chance of dying each time he got into his red Ferrari - but not one per cent more.

This is a great movie, even for non-race fans and more than deserves the plaudits. Howard did not have to work at the story, it was written already and no embellishment necessary (in fact some of it was missing...). Skilfully shot in high contrast to give it that dated celluloid feel, this movie is all about the boys and their differing approach to life and racing but a shared goal of the 1976 World Title - the one that nearly cost Niki Lauda everything.

Being an F1 fan from the early 70s I would like to have seen a bit more of the racing and some more of the other competitors - we are only given teasing glances of the wonderful 6 wheeled Tyrrell P34 and the beautiful Lotus JPS cars for example. I was really looking forward to the Brands Hatch GP and the famous first lap crash at Paddock Bend that saw Hunt's McLaren taken out. I know it happened - I was right there as an 11 yr old stood on my beer crate booing with the rest of the crowd when the organisers refused to let him restart (they eventually had to, but he was disqualified after an appeal by you-know-who). This was quite a pivotal moment but at the end of the day (ok, end of the season), it came down to the storm soaked race at Fuji and this was covered in detail and style.

Off the track, the performances were excellent with Hemsworth playing the brilliant but loose cannon Hunt perfectly although his accent did go a bit Prince Charles at times. Daniel Bruhl is a real Doppelganger for his "rat" like rival too and very convincing. The cheese factor is nicely reined in and the movie is an amazing look at how things were done then and compare dramatically to today's highly sanitized sport. A few words and shots of the real Niki at the end talking honestly about his late friend and rival James Hunt, apparently the only driver he envied, ended the movie perfectly for us.
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on 12 January 2014
Hemsworth was born for this role. I was worried I would watch it thinking of nothing more than Thor riding around a track fats. But this was a sensational portrayal of James Hunt, and Bruhl was outstanding as his nemesis. Ron Howard has brought to life a fierce rivalry that has not been brought to the attention of many sports fans. I am a huge sports fan and did not know a heck of a lot of this rivalry, and boy did I wish I had, in a way it's like a boxing drama with two heavy weights pushing each other all the way kind of like Rocky and Appollo Creed. The action was intense, dangerous, hard hitting and mesmerising. Well done Howard, Hemsworth and Bruhl, a gem of a sporting film set at a time when sport was much fiercer and wild and captured sensationally. You won't be disapointed.
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