'Thrilling' Formula One film Rush not just for petrol heads
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star in 'one of fastest, most enjoyable rides you will take this year'
What you need to know Biographical action drama Rush opens in UK cinemas today. The film, directed by Ron Howard from a script by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost Nixon), focuses on the glamorous 1970s golden age of Formula 1.
Rush is based on the true story of the fierce rivalry between two racing drivers, charismatic playboy Englishman James Hunt and dour Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda. It follows their battle for the 1976 World Championship and delves into its impact on their private lives.
Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) stars as Hunt. Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) is Lauda. Olivia Wilde plays Hunt's wife, Suzy Miller.
What the critics like Here's a racing film that lets you forget the racing with a great human drama about two dangerously talented men, says Henry Barnes in The Guardian. The superb script, delivered with mastery by Hemsworth and Bruhl, makes Rush "one of the fastest, most enjoyable rides you will take this year".
"Finally we have the Formula One story that is not just for petrol heads," says David Gritten in the Daily Telegraph. Rush's racing scenes are thrilling, but the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track are also genuinely intriguing.
"This is Howard's best work since Apollo 13," says Siobhan Synnot in The Scotsman. It's an easily engaging film, well acted and adrenalised by characters you respect - top gear, indeed.
What they don't like "It's by no means a perfect flick," says Ian Freer in Empire. It rarely deviates from sports biopic formula, and sometimes works to hard to "spell out the theme" - but it is intelligent, sexy, and full of thrills. ·