Rush | Chicago Reader


Ron Howard's penchant for the formulaic and sentimental is on full display in this action drama about James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), rival Formula 1 racers who went toe-to-toe during the 1976 Grand Prix. Bathed in warm cinematography—almost identical to that used in Howard's underrated genre bender The Dilemma (2011)—and making unexpected use of avant-garde framing techniques, it's easily his most visually ambitious work to date, though the computer-generated race scenes pale in comparison to Justin Lin’s pulsating Fast & Furious films. This is entertaining enough, but ultimately it's spuriously triumphant Oscar-baiting fluff.



  • Ron Howard


  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Daniel Brühl
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Alexandra Lara
  • Pierfrancesco Favino
  • David Calder
  • Natalie Dormer
  • Stephen Mangan
  • Christian McKay
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Alistair Petrie
  • Colin Stinton
  • Jamie de Courcey
  • Augusto Dall'Ara
  • Ilario Calvo
  • Patrick Baladi


  • Andrew Eaton
  • Eric Fellner
  • Brian Oliver
  • Peter Morgan
  • Brian Grazer
  • Ron Howard
  • Guy East
  • Nigel Sinclair
  • Tobin Armbrust
  • Tim Bevan
  • Tyler Thompson
  • Todd Hallowell

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