The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel – A Rush Review

Rush movie poster

Rush hit the South African cinema circuit this weekend so I decided to go check it out. I knew very little about Rush, but there were three things I did know:

  1. It’s based on a true story
  2. It’s about Formula One
  3. It’s been getting good reviews

So no doubt you’re asking yourself “Should I be rushing out to see it?”

Rush, as I pointed out earlier, is based on the real rivalry of two race car drivers: James Hunt and Nicki Laude. Both men were exceptional drivers but came from very different backgrounds. James Hunt was a handsome British playboy who liked to live life on the edge. Nicki Laude was the son of a very successful Austrian businessman, and was a very serious man who did things by the book. While their lives overlapped here and there early on in their careers, it wasn’t until the 1976 season that the two racers finally faced off in a dramatic showdown for the world Formula One title.

The Good

  • Interesting characters
  • Great drama between the two leads
  • Brilliant performances
  • Nail-biting tension
  • Fantastic pacing
  • Plenty of eye candy (it does lean in favour of the guys, but there’s also quite a bit on offer for the ladies)
  • A story so well told that even people who knew how it was going to turn out enjoyed it

The OK

  • It’s a movie, so there’s no doubt that elements of this “true” story have been changed

The Bad

  • Nada. Zip. Zero.

Movie Rating

Let’s keep this simple: at this point, this is definitely one of my top five movies for 2013. I’m not a fan of F1, but you don’t have to be to enjoy the movie. While petrol heads will definitely get more out of it than the rest of us (some of us don’t even have cars), it’s still a great story about passion, and men that are willing to die for it. 


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