Ernest Hemingway is famously credited with saying, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering. The rest are merely games.”
The common denominator they share: a thrill-seeking flirtation with death; the competing seduction of Eros (life instinct) and Thanatos (death) in Freudian psychology.
It is that romance with risk-taking that drives Rush, director Ron Howard’s fuel-injected auto-racing drama.
Inspired by true events, the film recounts the intense rivalry between famed Formula One (or F1) drivers — British playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) — during the 1976 Grand Prix circuit.