As a Formula One enthusiast, this movie Rush is a real treat. Unlike Senna (2010) – also another great film on F1 but in a documentary style – Rush is a movie based on a true story between the two rivalry drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. All the elements of the sport are there. Classic tracks, ear-bleeding engine noise, the flamboyancy of a F1 driver, how the technical knowledge a driver can bring an advantage to the team, the politics within the sport, the need to fight for a seat, the danger involved, and the sacrifices that the drivers and their families have made for that podium, and to be crowned the world champion. Most of us would only see the sport as fast cars going round and round in circle. Rush is a rare glimpse into what this sport is truly about. While Formula One of today is a lot safer than in the earlier days, much of what is seen in this movie is still relevant.
The drama of the 1976 season is intense and part of it can be so gruesome that my wife has to turn away from the screen in the midst of the show. The determination of winning a season above all sacrifices and this constant satisfaction of cheating death – something it is hard to relate but to a F1 driver of that era, that was all that mattered. This movie is moving for me seeing how the two drivers fought against each other against all odds. In the end, one may wonder what all of this are for. To go down in history as one of the legendary drivers I suppose. Some do live and die for the sport.
Both actors – Chris Hemsworth (of Thor!) and Daniel Brühl – act equally well. Even to those who are not familiar with the sport (like my wife and my buddy), Rush is entertaining to watch. If you wish to read more about Niki Lauda (ranked 9th as F1’s greatest driver by BBC), check out the link here.