RUSH: THE REVIEW AND DVD GIVEAWAY

Chris Hemsworth, fast cars, Ron Howard, glitz, glamour, adrenaline – what more could you ask for in a film. I loved this one. Salty Kernel, Andrew Brusentsev, reviews this fast paced adrenaline film and please enjoy his review below. Rush released October 3rd 2013, in Australia at the cinemas, is 122mins long and is rated MA15+. BUT it releases to DVD and Blu Ray on February 5th 2014 and our lovely friends at Hopscotch Entertainment One  have kindly given us 5X Copies to Giveaway on DVD. Check out how after Andrew’s fine review.

After watching the thoroughly brilliant “Senna” I must say that my attitude towards Formula 1 racing changed completely. I saw it more than just a motor sport but quite literally a titanic battle between individuals prepared to risk all for speed and glory. I was very much looking forward to RUSH as soon as I saw the trailers. Hearing that this was a Ron Howard picture I was even more intrigued this was not his usual fair.

 

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RUSH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

It is a slam dunk Hollywood movie. A movie about two champions in a sport. Both geniuses of their craft. Two men as different as chalk and cheese. The men in question are James Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by rising start Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.)

What is great to see is that Rush is not the big huge star fest Hollywood movie filled with CGI and a bare plot (look there is room for that kind of thing too I believe.) This movie was made on an independent budget (compared to usual Ron Howard movies). A movie not just about racing, but one that is also character driven, thoughtful and quite visceral.  Rush combines the Hollywood production circus and their penchant for action with a real English flavour to its storytelling.

 

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RUSH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Hemsworth is the initial bright light of this movie. He plays the blonde, glamorous English playboy Hunt, a man destined to be a thrill seeking (death seeking?) champion for McLaren.  Widely regarded by many as one of the biggest risk takers and playboys in Grand Prix racing history. As comfortable in front of the wheel of a F1 as he was with a glass in his hand and three supermodels on his arms.

On the other side we have the calculating dour faced genius Niki Lauda played by Daniel Bruhl (who I last saw in Inglorious Basterds). The diametric opposite of Hunt – methodical, industrious, a human calculator of risk, and generally not much fun to be around. As you can see perfect rivals in sport and life really.

 

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RUSH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Both actors give excellent performances. In fact I think this is Hemsworth’s best role to date (I loved him in both The Avengers and Thor but this is a different role entirely). He gives depth to Hunt’s character, even allowing in quiet moments to let the audience pierce the veneer of this racing Adonis. There is a subtle shift in the middle of the film and the story telling focus and sympathy of the audience is almost reversed post Lauda’s horrific accident at the Germany Prix. This accident, one of the worst in racing history, saw Lauda sustain terrible burns to his head and face and lungs. From this point he really becomes the emotional centre of the story. As he faces an almost indescribable journey back into the seat of his car. A feat he accomplished in an astounding thirty or so days.

The real star of this movie is Anthony Dod Mantle who worked on 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire with Boyle. From all accounts he used up to thirty six cameras for certain race scenes, many mounted on cars, some in driver’s helmets. This gives the racing an electric and immediate quality. The ultra-high speed sequences are excellent, the audience really gets the feeling of being amongst it all.

 

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RUSH – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Howard’s direction is another surprise. I am not usually expecting adrenalin charged entertainment from this man, but he does an impressive job. Rush has sex, rivalry, glamour, a lot of wit and astounding breathtaking car sequences. Its great achievement though is that it shows that behind all of this in the quieter moments there are driven possessed men, vulnerable and fragile things of flesh and blood.

See this for the dynamics between the two principles and for the glorious action sequences.

 

KERNEL ADNREW’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

 

SALTY’S POP SCORE:

5 Pops

 

NEW COMPETITION ENTRY RULES

With special thanks to HOPSCOTCH ENTERTAINMENT ONE to win one of the 5 x copies of the DVD of RUSH you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite Ron Howard film of all time and why?  – as an example – I would go with Backdraft, because I brought it this week on Blu Ray and may have pyro tendencies 🙂 Kidding!

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer haha – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jkdigitaldesigns@gmail.com telling me you don’t have social media 🙂

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent in the next week. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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