There are some movies that you can’t watch anywhere else but inside the cinema. RUSH is one of them. I felt the rumbling of the motors when they start, the sound of the wind made by every car in the track and the vivid recreation of every race back in 1976; it’s as if I traveled back in time.
The movie introduced the character of James Hunt first, played by Chris Hemsworth. He was very good-looking, always gets his way when it comes to beautiful women and one talented racer. His family was from Surrey, England; raised to be a doctor by profession but fell in love with speed the moment he saw a race car at age seventeen. Before and after a race, he’s all over; drinking, smoking and being promiscuous. Hunt transforms when he steps in a vehicle, his talent and obsession with racing is unlike anything else. He sees life as living when one is closest to death, so he lives everyday like his last. As I watch the movie I got a little bit sad with the fact that James might be perfect with racing, but he’s no way near acceptable in monogamous relationships. He has a bad temper, can’t be with one woman long enough to know her and drinks alcohol as if it was water. But this is not about that part of his life, it’s about his racing and it’s one hell of a ride.
His career starts shooting up when he began driving for Hesketh until such unfortunate time, it went bankrupt. Then he had McLaren for Formula One, it seems he had everything at his feet, but he was actually losing his marriage as Suzzy Hunt started dating Richard Burton. He went on with racing and was determined to win world championship for Formula One 1976. I can’t put into words what I’ve witnessed watching the movie about the day Lauda and Hunt woke up to a soaking wet track on their last drive held at Fuji, Japan. It’s like every driver is going to have the last day of their life.
Going back, Niki Lauda was then introduced into the story as an amazing mechanic who knows a car he drives as if it was his own body. He drives them with an atomic level of accuracy and precision. Niki may be an arrogantly confident man, but his manner of looking at things and situations in an analytic and reasonable way has helped him so much the very second he decided to put his life’s devotion into racing. His family in Austria was the first to disapprove of his plans, they were mostly businessmen and politicians. They consider Niki’s proposal as stupid, impulsive and a total deviation to the Lauda way of living. This wasn’t a dead-end for him but a mere one option down scene, so he bought his way in the race and continued from there til he got Ferrari.
Some might call him insane, I call him bold and ambitious. He takes charge of all undertakings he has gone through even this movie. He himself, reviewed Peter Morgan’s screenplay and made priceless inputs to make this movie closest to reality.
He had Ferrari at lightning due to the credits given to him by his teammate, Clay Regazzoni from BRM (British Racing Motors). He worked his way up the pedestal of F1 in no time until Hunt at the last few days of qualification joined McLaren. Their on and off track feud had given F1 racing the emotional gist and life that people were craving for. As Howard said in C! Magazine: “their story is so unbelievable, it had to be true”. They would challenge, boast and insult each other: racing or personal, methods or behavior. Their hate grew to an unexpected respect and friendship when Niki suffered critically after a horrifying accident. He was locked in his seat when his car fired up in the middle of the road for more than a minute, inhaled lots of smoke and was torched to 800 degrees Farenheit. That’s when James came closer to the championship since he gained more points while Niki was away to recuperate.
I wouldn’t attempt to spoil this thrilling movie by telling you how it ends. But I have one bad news, James Hutn dies at the age of 45 from a heart attack. now he lives again thru this movie and will truly be remembered as he is; one of Formula One’s greatest. Niki Lauda won a number of titles after ’76 while Hunt retired to be a broadcaster and live his life the way he wanted to. Niki pursued aviation.
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Watch out for more movies to come. For now, even though I am not a racing fan, moreover an F1 fan; I still recommend this movie for an audience of 20 and up with a 9/10 rating. Go back to 1976 and relive one of history’s greatest that will give you two two entirely different stories by two very different men in one great race; not to mention, you will enjoy the adrenaline RUSH………