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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.
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
"Rush," while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 09.26.2013
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
In a way, "Rush" is a philosophical drama about the varying ways men move through the world. It's just a really fast drama.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 09.25.2013