Steen: Rush–Fast cars, determined men


Actually, Rush is a story within a story.

Sure, it’s a racing film, but it’s also, and more importantly, a film about the rivalry between two racing greats. There’s the British James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and the Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

The film depicts the 1976 racing season and how the rivalry and the races changed lives, changed destinies and changed the drivers themselves.

Rush played at the Toronto Film Festival prior to its general release—Hemsworth himself attended, much to the delight of fans.

Ron Howard directed Rush from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan, and it’s based on the true story of two intense individuals whose goal is to win—sometimes at any cost.

Hunt’s womanizing, drinking and drug use led to divorce from model Suzy Miller, who then married Richard Burton and is the woman who came between Burton and Liz Taylor. It is rumoured that Burton actually “bought” her by paying out a settlement to Hunt. They later divorced as well.

Lauda was the more serious driver but, ironically, it was he who had the horrific accident in 1976.

Some of us remember his incredible return to the track just weeks after the crash which almost took his life.

Today, Lauda is in his 60s but, sadly though not surprisingly given his lifestyle, Hunt died at the early age of 45.

Whether on film or in real life, these two will be remembered for their intensity, their commitment to the race and their ‘win against all odds’ attitudes.

This show has great action, intense acting and a couple of good hours of reliving a time of fast cars and fast times. Add in the detail that Rush is based on a real facts—where heroes have feet of clay as well as great strength and incredible determination—and it’s a real winner.

The line: “Men love women, even more than that, men love cars” is as true today as it was 37 years ago.

I liked racing, so this was such a good film.

Go see it, the show will take you to another time.

I give Rush four reels.

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