by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

The true story of the rivalry between Formula 1 racecar drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) forms the dramatic backbone for Ron Howard's gripping film "Rush."

The two men are diametrically different: The English womanizer and daredevil on one hand; the no-nonsense, highly disciplined Viennese tactician on the other. It's like the age-old tension between passion and planning, or instinct and reason: The two aggravate and enrage one another, but they also provide inspiration and a crucial ingredient of challenge.

Lauda was badly burned during a race that took place in rainy conditions; it was the thought of Hunt beating him for the title of world champion that drove him to get out of bed and back in his car to try to finish the season in victory.

The Blu-ray / DVD combo release of the film offers a slate of extras, including the multi-part featurette "Race for the Checkered Flag" (choose the "Play All" option here and see the whole thing as one documentary-style feature). Also presented in several parts (or a single part if you click "Play All") is a look at the actual events that inspired the film, in "The Real Story of 'Rush.' " It's all fairly boilerplate, but the extras do possess an all-ahead energy similar to momentum that propels the film. There are also deleted scenes.

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Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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