Skip Nav
Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Are Expecting Their Second Child!
Kim Kardashian
12 of the Most Extravagant Gifts Kim Kardashian Has Received From Kanye West
Celebrity Kids
Kerry Washington Welcomes Her Second Child!
If Music Is Your Jam, You'll Love These Timeless Dramas

Rush Movie Review Starring Chris Hemsworth

Rush: Ron Howard Steers Chris Hemsworth to Victory

Chris Hemsworth may be best known for Thor, but seeing director Ron Howard's outrageously high-octane racing drama Rush will make you forget all about the suit of armour and giant hammer. Hemsworth stars in the true story as James Hunt, an up-and-coming British Formula 1 driver caught in a bitter rivalry with his main competitor, Austrian racer Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two couldn't be more opposite; Hunt is a charismatic ladies' man more famous for his parties than his skills behind the wheel, while the seriously buttoned-up Lauda is constantly in a single-minded pursuit of the next title. Hemsworth is magnetic as playboy Hunt, but it's Brühl who stuns, creating a such an intense character that it's impossible to look away from the screen.

Though the film begins with Hunt (and his bare butt), the narrative is just as much about his rival, Lauda. As the working-class Hunt swerves between the track and various women, the wealthy Lauda discreetly buys his way into the races, trading his valuable knowledge of engines for higher ranks on the teams. The way the competitors are juxtaposed at times borders on too obvious. Hunt is a party animal, Lauda goes to sleep early. Hunt marries a haughty socialite (Olivia Wilde), Lauda settles down quietly. Hunt doesn't prep, Lauda studies the racetracks. They're the odd couple, but Howard's acute focus on the evolution of their relationship is perfection. Get more of the scoop on Rush when you read more.

Brühl isn't yet a household name, but he might be in time; there's a fire behind his eyes that burns even after Lauda's near-fatal 1976 crash. It would be easy to make a one-sided villain out of the no-nonsense driver, but Brühl provides such depth, especially when it comes to his relationship with his wife (Alexandra Maria Lara). By the end, it's Lauda, not Hunt, who endears himself with his surprising vulnerability.

Feelings are all well and good, but what about the cars? Rush thrills with tense race scenes, but one of the things I appreciate most about the film is that it doesn't waste time on unimportant races. Howard skips through matches that don't contribute much to the story, ultimately heightening the tension in those all-important races — which always seem to be in the pouring rain. It really doesn't matter if you're a Formula 1 fan or not, Rush is worth racing to the cinema to see.

Image Source: Universal Pictures
Join The Conversation
October 2013 Movie Releases For Australia
Daniel Bruhl Biography and Information
Movies, Books, TV Shows and Music Out in October 2013
Celebrity News: Miranda Kerr, Flynn Bloom, Victoria's Secret
Chris, Liam and Luke Hemsworth at Rush TIFF Premiere
Chris and Liam Hemsworth at Rush London Premiere Pictures
Rush Movie Trailer Starring Chris Hemsworth
Celebrity Trivia with Gyton Grantley, Chris Taylor, Nathaniel Dean and Samara Weaving to raise money for Oasis Africa Australia
Animal Kingdom leads the(AFI) Australian Film Institute Awards with 18 nominations
The Secret Life of Us star Samuel Johnson blames brain-snap for bashing a car in Melbourne

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds