Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rush Review - 3½ Stars

“Rush” recreates the formula one racing world of the 1970’s in a movie filled with the touches we’ve come to expect from director Ron Howard of “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13.”  Howard captures the spirit and feel of the 70’s and gets us into the driver’s seat with guys who challenge death every time they race.  The story centers on the true life rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Hunt lives the party life while Lauda stays disciplined.  Ironically Lauda the disciplined  driver almost dies in a fiery crash that leaves him with painful disfiguring burns.  We cringe when Lauda crams a helmet back on his head and gets back on the track just a few weeks after his terrible accident.  “Rush” ends with a celebration of competition and the value of  rivalry.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Interesting compelling story.  Is it entertaining?  Certainly.  Is it worth the price of admission?   “Rush” gives you one, catching your attention early and holding it.