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September 22 2013


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Hollywood loves cut-and-dried stories like the bitter battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the memorable 1976 Formula One world championship: two men, with diametrically opposed temperaments, each literally defying death to gain supremacy over his rival.

It says much for Rush that it’s more complex and satisfying than that bare-bones plot suggests. With motorsport films, the bar is set rather low; they can seem like vanity projects. Stars such as Steve McQueen and Paul Newman once indulged their private love for very fast cars by portraying racing drivers, without fretting too much about decent scripts. Asif Kapadia’s Senna managed to be both thoughtful and visceral, but that was a documentary.

Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing. Here’s a Formula One story that’s not just for petrolheads. Of course, it’s not really a Hollywood picture at all, but a generously budgeted independent film. Rush combines studios’ production values and their penchant for action with British-flavoured storytelling. No coincidence that Working Title’s Eric Fellner, a producer on Senna, has a similar function here.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) takes the apparent star role as the blond, glamorous English playboy Hunt, driving for McLaren, widely regarded as a casual risk-taker on the track: a man routinely pictured with a glass of champagne and two or three biddable young women clinging to his limbs. In an early scene, he staggers bloodied from a racetrack into a hospital and announces himself, 007 style, as “Hunt. James Hunt.” Within minutes he’s having sex (behind screens) with the nurse treating him.

The dour Austrian Lauda, driving for the Ferrari team, is played with remarkable conviction by German actor Daniel Brűhl (Inglourious Basterds). Lauda was methodical, industrious, a cerebral assessor of risk, and generally not much fun. “You’re just a party boy,” he sneers at Hunt. What perfect rivals.

Both actors acquit themselves well: Hemsworth, with his lustrous blond locks, is even better-looking than Hunt, if slightly lacking the animal aspects of his sexual magnetism; but he carries off an essentially British brand of insouciance to good effect. Brűhl’s Lauda grows in stature as Rush progresses, and from the film’s turning point – his appalling accident in a Grand Prix at Nűrburgring, where he sustained terrible burns to his head and face and damage to his lungs – he becomes the emotional centre of the story.

There’s more going on here, then, than initially meets the eye. The film's texture is due to screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen) who does his usual trick of writing modern "history plays", accurately rendering known public facts while imagining vivid conversations behind closed doors. The real surprise is that Rush’s director is Ron Howard, whose work is usually marked by competent blandness. Not here, though. Rush induces the adrenalin suggested by its title in its racing scenes: howlingly, teeth-rattlingly loud and cut lightning-fast, in what look to be perilous close-ups. It’s far more of a thrill ride than watching Formula One on TV.

This brings us to the unsung star of Rush, the great cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, who has photographed several Danny Boyle films (including 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire) and who invariably enhances any project he undertakes. He apparently deployed some three dozen cameras for the race scenes, many of them mounted on cars, even some inside drivers’ helmets. And it pays off: there’s a jolting immediacy about these ultra high-speed scenes that shooting them from a safe distance simply cannot replicate.

Rush has sex, glamour, a fair degree of wit and a breathless, pedal-to-the-metal spirit. But its greatest achievement may be to underline that there are real men, all vulnerable flesh and blood, inside those infernal machines. Watch Prisoners Streaming Free
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Watch Rush Full Movies Watch Rush Full Movie Online I have a crazy hunch that Rush, about two real-life Formula One racers locking wheels and horns in 1976, may be the combustible, cheer-worthy surprise it is because director Ron Howard almost didn't have the money to shoot the damn races. The early cash crisis forced screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen), who came up aces with Howard on Frost/Nixon, to structure the script as the scariest thing known to Hollywood bottom-liners: a character study. Two rivals, Brit playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and by-the-book Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), would engage in a hardcore war of psyches. As it turns out, Howard's relatively low $30 million budget did allow Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) to shoot a series of racing sequences. And they're killer. But it's Morgan's core script, full of humor, heartache and verbal fireworks, that lifts Rush above the Fast & Furious herd.

Free from the banal duties of filming Dan Brown pot-boilers (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons), Howard scores big in the spirit of the risk junkies in his film. Though 1977's Grand Theft Auto, Howard's directing debut, had car crashes to spare, Rush burns on a high flame of danger, sex and unexpected gravitas. Working fast, loose and indie looks good on Howard, who's on top of his game. His toughest hurdle might be the indifference of U.S. audiences, who purr for NASCAR, toward Formula One. Hell, in this case, ignorance really is bliss, since Howard and Morgan lay out the F1 groundwork with a hypnotic skill hot enough to seduce the most rabid race-car haters.

Plus, the two lead actors could not be better. Hemsworth, the Aussie best known for playing the stolid Norse god Thor, is revelatory as Hunt. He gets under the skin of a stud who gets o by bedding babes, be it a nurse (Natalie or a model (a live-wire Olivia Wilde), but who knows charisma is useless once he puts on his helmet. Hunt pukes before every race. And when he marries said model, Suzy Miller, he's floored when she dumps him for Richard Burton. Hemsworth nails every vulnerable nuance of this conflicted charm boy. He's terrific.

And Brühl, the Spanish-born German actor who excelled in Inglourious Basterds, starts at brilliant and revs up from there. Lauda, with his ferret teeth and anal need for control, is the anti-romantic, yet he wins the love of Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara), an acid-tongued beauty who sees what the world doesn't. That would be resilience, especially after a near-fatal accident leaves him badly burned and su ering the loss of an ear and his eyebrows. Lauda is down but never out, and Brühl shows us why without going soft on the character.

And so Rush, following the lead of Senna, Asif Kapadia's 2010 documentary about the legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, emerges as one of the great racing films ever. Why? Because as cars spin and shimmer in the rain at the climactic and astounding Grand Prix in Japan, we never lose sight of what's human and striving behind the wheel.
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