'Rush' review - KCTV5

'Rush' review

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Rush is the latest movie from director Ron Howard, and follows the heated rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Nikki Lauda and James Hunt. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda.

We start out in 1970, when Lauda and Hunt competed for the first time in a Formula 3 race. After both of their cars spin out, and Hunt ends up winning, their rivalry fully ignites. The defeat pushes Lauda to take out a massive loan in order to buy his own Formula One race car. Hunt promptly follows suit and the animosity takes off.

The movie moves at a fast pace, fitting for a film about Formula One drivers. Hemsworth's Hunt is a charismatic womanizer who seems to get along with everyone. Brühl's Lauda is the complete opposite, almost showing signs of mild autism. He's rude to others, not showing any signs of friendship with anyone around him, save his girlfriend and future wife.

Both actors do good jobs portraying the drivers, showing a true dislike for one another. They are constantly trying to top the other on the track, nearly coming to blows off of it at times.  Howard's direction is tight and there's barely a dull moment in the movie. While the entertainment is there, the drama seems amped up a bit more than it needs to be. It also seems like Howard plays very loose with the facts.

Overall, the movie is great with a runtime just over 2 hours. It doesn't get boring, but also feels removed from reality at times. If you're a fan of Ron Howard's films or either of the stars, you're sure to have a good time.

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