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Bettie's Box Office: RUSH Review

Updated: Friday, September 27 2013, 05:45 AM CDT

RUSH is a racing movie that fires on all cylinders.

Start with the riveting true story of a sports rivalry between two Formula 1 drivers in the 1970’s. Cast it perfectly, shoot a bunch of gripping race film, and give it all to a master director like Ron Howard. It adds up to a terrific film that you’ll love, whether you’re a race fan or not.

RUSH is the story of James Hunt, a fearless playboy with natural talent, and Niki Lauda, an analytical perfectionist who knows every nut and bolt in a race car. They’re two sides of the same coin, both racing to win the World Championship in 1976.

The racing scenes are enthralling, but they don’t overwhelm the story. They act more as milestones to keep the plot moving fast.

Chris Hemsworth puts down the hammer as Thor, so he can put down the hammer as the debonair Hunt. He has all the charm and swagger, but his great performance may be overshadowed by Daniel Bruhl (from Inglorious Basterds), who plays the detached, abrasive Lauda to perfection.

RUSH lets you see the glamour and gore that goes along with racing: the shattered bones and shattered relationships. By the time we reach the film’s climactic race in Japan, both men have been transformed in ways they’d never imagined.

RUSH has heart, humor, and pedal-to-the-metal action that makes it worth every penny of a full price ticket. There's Oscar buzz and this film deserves it. Bring your earplugs!

RUSH is rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use. It opens wide on September 27.


Bettie's Box Office: RUSH Review

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