Substitute “drive” for “live” and Ron Howard‘s Rush (Universal, 9.20) is saying you always need to go for the gusto even if it’s risky or dangerous. You have to accept that death is just around the corner. Presumably the film is a more varied smorgasbord but the trailer seems almost queer for death and wipe-outs as Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brough pursue their adrenalin highs.
Peter Morgan‘s script is about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. “After a catastrophic crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring that could have killed him, Formula One driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl) returns to face his rival James Hunt (Hemsworth) in their pursuit of the 1976 World Championship at Fuji in Japan,” the synopsis says.
The word “rush” obviously sells itself but it lacks dynamic snap with Premium Rush out last year and that narco drama Rush from 20-odd years ago.
I’m presuming that sex with race-track groupies or girlfriends is probably intense and gasping and world-class. Every race-car film starting with Grand Prix and Le Mans has more or less told us that.