« Don Jon | Main | Prisoners »


Ron Howard is a director that most think rather highly of, but the truth of the matter is that he’s somewhat inconsistent. Sure, we all love “Apollo 13” and “Frost/Nixon,” but there’s also his lousy adaptations of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons.” He’s even dabbled in comedy a bit over his many years, most recently with 2011’s “The Dilemma.” Anyone remember that train wreck? Probably not, because our perceptions of his skills as a director are skewed towards his greater works. His latest, “Rush,” is closer to the latter films than the former, unfortunately, but that doesn’t automatically make it bad. It’s a good movie and its problems stem more from a slightly unfocused script and poor characterizations than any specific directorial decision, but as far as dramatic, based-on-true-stories go, it’s not particularly memorable.

The movie takes place in the 70s and stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, a reckless Formula One racecar driver with dreams of becoming world champion. He’s one of the absolute best in the sport, matched only by Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl. The movie follows their rivalry and creates an interesting dynamic between the two. Despite their dislike for each other, there’s a mutual respect. Without the other, they would be unstoppable, which isn’t as interesting to them. It’s the competition, the thrill of victory after a hard fought battle, that compels them to do what they do. Because the two hardly spend any time together, their complicated relationship must have been tough to convey, but “Rush” rises to this challenge. Aside from the intellectually insulting closing narration that unnecessarily spells out their feelings, the complexity of their bond is handled with aplomb.

Nevertheless, the film loses its focus all too quickly. Just as we’re getting to know one of these men, a transition is made to the other, or even worse, the focus leaves them altogether. Too much of the early moments in the movie focus on the economics of racing—like the battle to find a sponsor—rather than the emotional struggle and pressure they must have felt in those early days. Too often, important moments in the lives of these men are glossed over. These moments could have helped us gain perspective on who they were and what drove them to race so vigorously, but the movie doesn’t seem interested in that. A good example comes in the form of Hunt’s short-lived wife, Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde. When she randomly and awkwardly appears, the film immediately cuts to their marriage, only for the next scene to play out their break-up. She then disappears for nearly the entirety of the rest of the movie, reappearing only for a brief lunch scene with Hunt. It’s implied that Hunt’s love of racing interfered with his love for Suzy, but the entire arc is rushed through so quickly, it hardly makes an impact.

I suppose such a decision was a conscious one. The film is trying to condense many years worth of time into a couple hours—seen most noticeably when it starts bypassing important races and instead lets us know what happened through onscreen text, not exactly the most exciting tactic one can use in a movie about racing—so Suzy’s lack of prominence isn’t surprising. If this speedy approach does one thing well, it filters out some of the narrative pollution and allows the natural tension of such a dangerous sport to take center stage. These drivers live on the edge, well aware that every time they hop on that track, it could be their last. As Hunt puts it early on, “The closer to death you are, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live, as if each day is your last.” This theme is an interesting one that will allow those who have never really done anything daring to live vicariously through the characters. Even if you don’t care at all about Formula One racing, it will be hard to deny that you weren’t on the edge of your seat during the nail-biting finale.

Yet the fact remains that the film, from a storytelling and scriptural point of view, is lacking. Frankly, if you’re looking for a great movie with a similar story, you’re better off with 2010’s wonderful “Senna.” Although a documentary, its drama is more potent, its action is more intense and the devastating ending touches on feelings “Rush” doesn’t come close to. With some great performances and exciting sequences accompanied by a sometimes frustrating lack of focus, “Rush” relegates itself to a minor diversion and nothing more.

Rush receives 3/5

References (9)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    UGG Boots were extremely nicely recognized for becoming the makers of high excellent footwear
  • Response
    NFL is seriously one particular of the biggest sports in America. It has a important following.
  • Response
    Josh Hylton's Movie Reviews - Reviews - Rush
  • Response
    Josh Hylton's Movie Reviews - Reviews - Rush
  • Response
    Josh Hylton's Movie Reviews - Reviews - Rush
  • Response
    Response: 860琉璃瓦机
    网站主页 公司简介 网站主页,公司简介,产品中心,公司新闻,行业新闻,技术文档,企业文化,在线留言,销售网络,联系方式,复合板系列,店面压瓦机,常用压 产品中心 瓦机系列,U型槽设备系列,命运,不是天决定,而是人定胜天,百叶窗成型设备,角驰压瓦机系列,老板最爱的职
  • Response
    Response: z型钢压瓦机
    网站首页 关于我们 产品中心 公司新闻 网站首页 技术文档 关于我们 研发与服务 销售网络 在线留言 联系我们 产品分类 13832771638 ...
  • Response
    Response: 475角驰机资料
    PRODUCT C 风机系列 LASS 金利环保设备有限公司 除尘器系列 版权所有 客服热线 : ...
  • Response
    厂址:河北省泊头市104国道 电话0317-8226686 17717790720微信同号 网址:ww www.jhywjx.com w.jhywjx.com欢迎咨询订购  在屋面覆盖跨度较大的建筑中,可选择构件受拉为主的悬索或索膜结构体系。不了解 楼承板 楼承板机结构和性能及操作规程者不得开动机器。严禁超过最小闭合高度进行工作,即上滑动箱底面至工作各面最小距离290㎜要求上下模具合模后的高度加上,店铺动态评分,上下垫板厚底加上瓦坯厚度,不允许超过290㎜,制造模具时应按此要求进行设计,以免发生机床事故。经常注意 店铺动态评分 观

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>