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DVD Review

Drama: Rush

IS this the greatest sports movie ever? And about one of the most boring? I'm no fan of today's Formula 1 but have fond memories of the '70s, a time when sport was macho (none of this Premiership diving and hair-gelling).

The two great characters were polar opposites: Dashing British bad boy James Hunt – a sort of Rolling Stone who just happened to be handy behind the wheel – and his nemesis, Austrian Niki Lauda, a true professional, who, like Michael Schumacher, wasn't the guy you'd root for, but the one you respected.

You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the clash of egos between Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). The film follows their rivalry as Lauda buys himself into F1 while Hunt struggles to catch up.

The guy you support here is Lauda, who's a grafter, while Hunt is portrayed as a maverick who plays hard and fast with the rules and women.


Ron Howard does a great job at recreating the feel of the '70s, culminating in Lauda's crash and his battle for survival in hospital.

Women don't get much of a look-in here – Hunt's marriage to Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) doesn't last as long as some of the race scenes, while Lauda's wife Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara) has little screen time, yet they are clearly important influences in their men's lives.

But it's really about the bond that can be created by the best of enemies.

Rent, or better still buy it, now.

DVD extras: Making-of featurette and deleted scenes – could be better, but I predict a collector's edition in the future.

> Mark Evans