‘Rush’ Races Into Theatres

There are few things that a man loves more than cars, one of them being really fast cars, but the new movie, Rush, has a little bit of something for everyone. In the fast-paced world of the 1970s, a group of men dared to tempt fate even further by strapping themselves into the fastest coffins on wheels and racing in the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship. Rush, focuses on the lives of rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, culminating in their intense race for the championship title in the 1976 season.This is not your typical movie with fast cars, and with a writer like Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland) and director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), no  one expected it to be. On screen, Chris Hemsworth portrays James Hunt, a reckless British driver that lives life on the edge of his seat. He is countered by Daniel Brühl, portraying Niki Lauda, an uptight Austrian driver that lives a life of discipline. Hemsworth and Brühl lend themselves to the roles so well that it is often hard to decide who is supposed to be rooted for in the rivalry.

Over the course of the movie, Hunt and Lauda see their lives constantly changed and challenged by the world of Formula One racing. They push the limits of the cars, their opponents and most importantly, their bodies in an effort to prove their fathers wrong and to hold the title “World Champion.” The movie’s overarching question asks, “How much are we willing to risk to attain our greatest dreams?”

The movie is based on real life events and drivers and the serious repercussions that came with making any mistake on the track. With the imminent threat of death and a search for the balance between work and family, what’s not to love? My suggestion: grab some popcorn, a cherry Coke, and buckle up for one amazing movie, Rush.

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