The rivalry that blossomed as a poison induced relationship between the race car drivers, the English originated James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda, was the word of every mouth during the 1976 Formula One Season. For the viewers, the passionate fans and followers of the Formula One championship, this very rivalry constituted the core of that season. For them, Formula One was all about watching the two drivers race against each other, shunning the future prospect of life, eluding death at every turn. But for James Hunt and Niki Lauda, this very rivalry bore a greater significance, for it defined their life.
This definition was presented before the world thirty seven years after the real incidents took place. The presentation is titled ‘Rush’. Directed by the acclaimed director Ron Howard who completes an ethical circle with ‘Rush’ – a film associated with racing, the very same attributes that were possessed by his very first film ‘Grand Theft Auto’ which was released in the year 1977. Written by Peter Morgan, Rush tells the course of rivalry between James Hunt, portrayed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth , and Niki Lauda, portrayed by German actor Daniel Bruhl. The film steers through the track of rivalry that incepted in the year 1970 and continued till the Japanese Grand Prix of the 1976 Formula One Season.
Chris Hemsworth who portrays James Hunt gives a note worthy performance, successfully getting in the skin of the character who though being rebellious and wild, is a class performer on the race tracks. Daniel Bruhl, who portrays Niki Lauda, being a German himself blends with the character who is smart, measuring and calculative. This is his finest significant performance after Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’.
Director Ron Howard magically conjures the Formula One environment on the theatre screens with his excellent directorial capabilities, once again proving that he is amongst the Hollywood’s finest. Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle is Howard’s accomplice in the conjuring process. The film consists of some beautiful scenes of F1 cars in the rain and the cinematographer has rhymed nature and mechanics beautifully. The film is cross-processed, thereby liberating sharp tones of red, the most common yet powerful color visible in such an event.
‘Rush’ is confident and flawless. It is geared up by powerful actors and a creative crew that successfully turn it into an entertaining ride that shall be remembered for years to come.