Two-time Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award(R) nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt, and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
If you don't already know the story of that season, lucky you; even now, it exerts a ridiculous thrill.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 09.30.2013
Howard proves that directing action is one of his underrated strengths. The racing scenes are dynamic and easy to follow, with a sheen that brings the 1970s into sharp relief.Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 09.26.2013
Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 12.31.2013
This is entertaining enough, but ultimately it's spuriously triumphant Oscar-baiting fluff.Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, 09.26.2013