A WINNING FORMULA
Aug 29 2013
Scintillating cinematography, racy music and great action scenes make Rush a fast paced thriller
The burn-the-racetracks biopic, set against the backdrop of the 1976 Formula One season, pits Chris Hemsworth’s charismatic Englishman James Hunt against Daniel Brühl’s disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde (as Suzy Miller), Natalie Dormer (Gemma), Alexandra Maria Lara (Marlene Knaus), Pierfrancesco Favino (Clay Regazzoni), Christian McKay (Alexander Hesketh) and Sean Edwards (Guy Edwards).
Things kick off into high gear at the 1976 German Grand Prix in Nürburgring where Lauda escapes certain death after a disastrous crash. It might have set back a lesser man, but Lauda returns to face his arch rival as both set their sights on the 1976 World Championship in Fuji, Japan. Hunt and Lauda’s legendary rivalry on the Grand Prix racetrack sets them on a collision course in their personal life as well. The conflict exemplifies the contrast between these two larger-than-life characters, and follows the battling duo as they push themselves to the breakpoint of physical and psychological endurance. There can never be any shortcut to victory and no margin for error — especially on an F1 track.
Apart from focussing on a staunch rivalry during one of the most exciting and dramatic seasons in Formula 1 history, Howard also showcases the beginning of the conflict. From the time when Hunt and Lauda competed as young drivers in Formula 3 to the fateful day in 1976 when Hunt snatched the World Championship from Lauda by a single point in Japan, it’s all happening in Rush.
The film was shot on location in Great Britain, Germany and Austria. Filming locations included Snetterton (Norfolk), Brands Hatch (Kent) and Cadwell Park (Lincolnshire) motor racing circuits, and the former World War II airfield of Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire in Britain, along with the Nürburgring in Germany. The producers opted for vintage race cars as well as replicas to recreate the Formula 1 magic.
F1 enthusiasts are in for a treat as Rush combines scintillating cinematography, a racy music score (courtesy Hans Zimmer) and catch-me-if-you-can action scenes. The racing drama clubs elements of a staid biopic with a sexy action movie— fact, speed, sex appeal, danger, aggression, intensity and thrills.
There’s lots more to come in the weeks to come as the b-o readies for a large and exciting lineup — space thriller Gravity (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), poker play, Runner Runner (Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake); Somali pirate drama, Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and WikiLeaks biopic The Fifth Estate are coming up soon. That’s not all. They will be followed up by J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford’s All Is Lost; Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender) and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor (Pitt, Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz). Whew! The more the merrier, that’s all we can say!