In cinemas this Friday is the new film from Ron Howard and normally, I’d not be arsed to be honest. HOWEVER…Rush is a re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between two Formula 1 drivers: James Hunt and Niki Lauda. And having seen the trailer many times now, in the cinema I’m well and truly hooked.
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is also produced Eric Fellner who worked on the brilliant Senna so there is racing pedigree behind the scenes.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing (the 1970s) , Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
Quite brilliantly, the two leads actually look like the characters they’re playing which will only add to the atmosphere I’m sure. My only reservation is that the colours in the trailer seem to be off in some way, but hopefully this either won’t be the case for the full monty or it just won’t matter. That’s my Friday evening sorted then. Excellent trailer below.