Rush (2013) Friday, 03 April 2020

Rush (2013)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Injury detail and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Formula won.

  • Starring:

    Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Jamie Sives, Natalie Dormer, Pierfrancesco Favino, Alexandra Maria Lara, Rebecca Ferdinando, David Calder, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Patrick Baladi, Christian McKay, Alistair Petrie, Jay Simpson, Alessandro De Marco, Kristofer Dayne, Vanessa Zachos, Antti Hakala, Stephen Mangan, Jamie de Courcey

  • Directed by:

    Ron Howard

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A man suffers a near-fatal collision. A man is punched, shoved. Frequent vehicle crashes, rollovers (racing). Reckless driving, vehicle wreckage, burning debris. Yelling, arguing. Suicide, bombs mentioned figuratively. Blood/gore: Severe burns, very bloody face, skin grafts, skin flaps, removing bloody bandages, medical procedures (incl lung vacuuming). A severe open leg wound shows broken bones, bleeding, torn clothing. Bloody noses, bloody wounds, bloody bandages. Bruising.


    Frequent sex scenes (bedroom, plane). Threesomes implied. Fully nude man and women (seen from behind). Exposed breasts, cleavage. Kissing, flirting, ogling, undressing, womanising, infidelity. Discussion of sex, libido. Skimpy clothing, skinny-dipping.


    People smoke marijuana joints. Dope mentioned. Lines of (assumed) cocaine sorted. Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, spirits), excessive drinking. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes).


    C-word, f-word, s-word, a-word, wanker, pig. Slang for genitalia, slang terms for bodily functions. Name-calling, mocking behaviour. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture. Gender, nationality stereotypes. Jokes about being fat, ugly, disfigured.


    Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Formula One racing, Nürburgring, rivalry, world champions, victory, vehicle modifications, fame, sponsorship, reputation, modelling, marriage, partying, playboys, disqualification, rules, infidelity, hedonism, ego, recovery, media, last rites, near-fatal accidents, nervous tics, flying, envy, survival, engineering.


    Hospital, wedding settings. Marriage separation. Fatal heart attack mentioned. Budgerigars, dogs, spider, horses. Helicopters, plane, thunder, lightning. Frequent vomiting, spitting. Lobster, oysters, caviar eaten. Fur worn, mounted deer heads seen briefly. Brief German and Italian languages (subtitled). Brief Spanish commentary (no subs). Sky-high camera aerials and fast edits. Based upon a true story.


    Gripping, intense, exhilarating, thrilling, ambitious, fast-paced, riveting, engaging, nerve-wracking, slick, quick, rousing. Compelling performances, retro-saturated racing sequences, stunning in-car footage, skillful storytelling, complex narrative, excellent production values, pulsating score, defies genre trappings. Howard deftly captures the thrill of racing for both driver and spectator. One of the great racing movies of all time.


    Some cheesy song choices and narrative tactics, tired symbolism. Weak female characters.

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