2 May

If there was ever a film poster that would make audiences want to rush to the cinema, it’s this one.

rush-poster-2013 hemsworth

From director Ron Howard (Happy Days, A Beautiful Mind) comes the latest biographical film, due for release in September of this year, RUSH. Based on the F1 racing rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 season in which the latter suffered extensive burns to his face after crashing at the Nurburgring, Rush is set to be a fast-paced and emotional drama in which these two lives are broken down and celebrated.

Online chatter has already begun about this anticipated thrill-ride and the question has arisen as to why Hemsworth, who is Australian, is playing a British Formula One World Champion? My answer – why not?! Aside from the dodgy accent (from a voice that is hauntingly familiar to a Mr. H. Ledger), Hemsworth has cemented his place in Hollywood not only as a heart-throb but as a pretty spectacular actor. Rush, which is far more drama than it is a world-saving, hammer-wielding Blockbuster, is undoubtedly going to prove to any cynics that he has what it takes to act, regardless of birthplace.


(What I did find amusing however through reading the online buzz was that someone had commented that whilst Hemsworth shouldnt play the part due to him being an Aussie, they thought that ‘It’s a shame Heath Ledger is dead…as this role would have been made for him’. Err?!)

I am most excited about the casting of Daniel Bruhl as three-time F1 World Champion and Austrian Niki Lauda. Since his roles in ‘Goodbye Lenin‘ and ‘The Edukators‘ I have been a huge, for want of a better word, fan. His boyish charm, dark and mysterious eyes and his adaptability make him one of the most underrated stars around. Thanks to this film and Tarantino’s  ‘Inglorious Basterds’ which shot him into the mainstream, hopefully, by September he will be high on the actor-radar.

As the poster and the trailers many taglines suggest (‘Their rivalry made them legends, their courage was inspiring’) Howard’s ‘Rush’ is going to be a high-octane passionate drama that will screech onto our screens and brake our hearts. And if that doesn’t sell it for you, scroll back up to the top.


For related reviews see also my blog entry about the exceptional documentary film Senna.

One Response to “RUSH.”


  1. Rush. | afewgoodfilmreviews - October 1, 2013

    […] months ago I posted a mini-review on the trailers I had seen for Ron Howard’s latest film Rush. I expressed my excitement for […]

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