Turbo is a movie I really detest more then ever, because of what it did to Indy car racing. Nothing intense was blown over into the racing sport, but I think that my making a snail the better racer, this will actually prevent any interest in children to look into the actual human racers. I’ve said before that even though I don’t follow much racing (I find NASCAR a total bore), but the Indy car circuit is something that holds a lot of nostalgic memories. I’ve attended the Long Beach Grand Prix almost every year ever since I was five, and I already have my ticket for next year.
I can understand why a lot of other people don’t find the same passion that I do. It can be just as boring as NASCAR and being that it’s under stricter rules then Hogwarts, then where’s the sense of rebellion? I tell those folks the following
- Driving an Indy Car is more dangerous then NASCAR
- The track is more difficult to navigate and requires more focus
- I find the high-tech design of the vehicles fascinating
- The races are not as long
- Watching the dialogue of the sponsor leaders is like watching senators fight each other
- There’s more pressure on the driver to impress with their racing and their instinct.
This all happens to also be the rules of the Formula One circuit in Europe in the historical drama, Rush.
James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Nick Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl) in 1970 are both skilled drivers that build a rivalry at the start of their careers in a Formula Three Race in England. Hunt is a very brash, philandering playboy, while Lauda is more focused, determined racer who uses his own technical genus to develop a better car.
Lauda goes as far to get a large loan from the bank so that he can buy his way into the Formula One circuit. He later becomes discovered by Ferrari and joins them, where he wins his first championship in 1975. Hunt spends time on and off his team when they fail to secure a sponsor, but manages to get a spot on the McLaren team when another quits. Each driver manages to rack up points from each race, furthering their revelry through the 1976 season. During the German Grand Prix, Lauda meets a terrible demise as he ends up in a critical crash that leaves his face heavily scarred with burns and terrible pain. He decides to race two months later, not wanting Hunt to win the points as easily. Both guys may have more respect then hatred when the final race in Japan proves to be more treacherous then ever.
I came in knowing I was going to watch a good movie. I didn’t think that this would be great. Director Ron Howard must be a fan of Formula One car racing, as Rush just looks gorgeous. This is a beautiful looking movie, as it’s doing a mix of a seventies television style tint along with a stylish tone.
Both Hemsworth and Brühl both work out great as these two rival drivers. What I like about the story is that even though that the racing audience loves them, they are both two different kinds of jerks. Hunt may have more of a likable appeal to the cameras with his quick skills, Lauda is the better racer, knowing his own car better then his mechanics. The pacing here manages to flow just as well as one of the Formula One machines, knowing when to be loud and when to slow down and allow it’s story to be told.
I’ll give this five Formula One helmets out of five. This could be the best movie about auto racing around (I don’t care for Days of Thunder). Rush is thrilling, tragic, and respectable; just like the two racers of the movie.