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By MATTHEW SINGER
Right off the bat, let’s address the query that’s inevitably posed of all sports movies: Must one have a vested interest in the sport to enjoy said film? In the case of Rush, the answer is, “Of course not,” because if Ron Howard were banking on audience knowledge of the international Formula One racing scene of the 1970s to sell this biopic, EDtv suddenly wouldn’t seem like his worst misstep. Instead, the movie, based on the six-year battle for F1 supremacy between stern Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and walking British hard-on James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), deals with much more familiar (one might say tired) themes: the nature of professional rivalry, the sociopathy of competition and the definitions of masculinity. Replace the subjects with, say, John McEnroe and Björn Borg, and not much changes, save all the fast driving—though it might have caused Howard to (ahem) slow down a little. Ninety percent of the film takes place on racetracks and in press conferences, and the moments meant to underscore the personal relationships driving (ahem) these two diametrically opposed men feel, ahem, rushed. The screenplay is by Peter Morgan, whose words transformed Howard’s Frost/Nixon—essentially a two-hour sit-down interview—into a white-knuckle boxing match. Apparently, though, his skill doesn’t work in the other direction: Drowned out by all the vroom-vroom, his dialogue can’t turn what’s essentially an intermittently entertaining actioner into the character-driven, ’70s-style talkie Howard envisions it being.
 
  • Genres: Action, Docudrama
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Brief Drug Use, Language, Nudity, Sexual Content, Some Disturbing Images ]
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth [James Hunt], Daniel Brühl [Niki Lauda], Olivia Wilde [Suzy Miller], Alexandra Lara [Marlene Lauda], Pierfrancesco Favino [Clay Regazzoni], David Calder [Louis Stanley], Natalie Dormer [Nurse Gemma], Stephen Mangan [Alastair Caldwell], Christian McKay [Lord Hesketh], Julian Rhind-Tutt [Anthony ``Bubbles'' Horsley], Alistair Petrie [Stirling Moss], Colin Stinton [Teddy Mayer], Jamie de Courcey [Harvey ``Doc'' Postlethwaite], Augusto Dall'Ara [Enzo Ferrari], Ilario Calvo [Luca Di Montezmolo], Patrick Baladi [John Hogan]
  • Directed by: Ron Howard [Director], Peter Morgan [Screenwriter], Andrew Eaton [Producer], Eric Fellner [Producer], Brian Oliver [Producer], Peter Morgan [Producer], Brian Grazer [Producer], Ron Howard [Producer], Guy East [Executive Producer], Nigel Sinclair [Executive Producer], Tobin Armbrust [Executive Producer], Tim Bevan [Executive Producer], Tyler Thompson [Executive Producer], Todd Hallowell [Executive Producer], Anthony Mantle [Cinematographer], Dan Hanley [Film Editor], Mike Hill [Film Editor], Hans Zimmer [Original Music], Mark Digby [Production Design], Patrick Rolfe [Supervising Art Direction], Michelle Day [Set Decoration], Julian Day [Costume Designer], Nina Gold [Casting]
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