Rush (2013)

IMDB plot:

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

We can’t stop here, this is spoiler country. Also, I’ll keep jumping between reality and movie all the time, because this is based on real facts.

First disclaimer: I’m a Formula 1 fan. Second disclaimer: Even if you don’t like Formula 1, you may like this movie. Why? Because Formula 1 is just a background noise used to tell you a much larger story.

Going forward: The movie focus on the events in the 1976 season of Formula 1, when Niki Lauda fierce competition with James Hunt reached its apex. Who, you may ask? Sure, you can ask. And this is answered at two points in the movie: In the first 10 minutes and in the last 5, showing perfectly the changes each driver had in the curse of the season.

But the movie starts before the 1976 season. It shows both drivers starting on Formula 3, going to Formula 1 till the end of the 1976 season, when both had equipareted cars (as Hunt says in the movie), passing through Hunt downfall, his sudden luck in the very start of 1976 season, Lauda terrible accident in Nürburgring that year and what happened after that.

Acting is alright. I mean, Daniel Brühl did an absolutely killer job at Inglourious Basterds and although his presentation here isn’t at the same level, it isn’t bad either. Or maybe Lauda is really that taciturn, in which Daniel does a perfect impression. Chris Hemsworth is a weird case. I mean, it isn’t bad, but his lines feel a lot… unnatural in the whole. On the other hand, when the movie shows real images of Hunt, you can see that Hemsworth managed to capture all the manerisms in a nearly identical fashion.

Sadly, everyone else is mostly decorative. Olivia Wilde/Suzy Hunt nee Miller and Alexandra Maria Lara/Marlene Lauda are important to the plot — added aspects in the way both drivers changed their personalities and showing how different their lifestyles were — but they are in no way given enough focus.

On the other hand, I have to seriously compliment Ron Howard in the way he directed the movie, Hans Zimmer for the music and the whole sound editing team. And by that I mean the continuous use of different things to show the emotional state of the movie: the blurred vision of Lauda when he’s afraid and returning to his normal, confident self — in an scene that comically reminded me of “Days of Thunder” and “pilot narrowly escapes another tragedy and regains his full confidence clichè –; the muffling of track sounds (including the whole start up line roaring of engines) when the drivers close their helmets; the really really slow motion scenes in the very start of the Japan GP, the last one that would say if Lauda would win the championship or if Hunt would be crowded, showing the tension in the air; the engine pistons working first in slow motion and then slowly going into normal speed when Hunt goes back into his original, fighting self. All those make the movie simply great, by using other effects than simply camera or someone saying something.

(Just a small sidenote: Zimmer works is getting greater each movie he works on.)

Sure there is more drama than reality in the movie, but it doesn’t mean the story behind isn’t interesting and that the drama destroys the story — after all, this is not a biographical movie, but “based on real facts”. There is a whole scene about Hunt punching a reporter due an aggresive question about Lauda appearance post-accident which nobody can confirm it really happened, but people who knew Hunt said “Yeah, that is something he would do.” So, even if it is a drama “based on real facts”, there is too much ressoancen with real life that even if some situations really didn’t happen, at least it is something people who knew the real “actors” in this say “yeah, it could’ve happened.”

I can’t vouche the movie for the actors, but I can seriously recommend it based solely on the work of Howard, Zimmer and the sound team. So go watch it, it is worth.

“Top Rated” Playlist

Here is my “Top Rated” playlist on my iPod. Just to give you some background: I sync my iPod play count with my iTunes and use AutoRate to rate the songs. You can’t see that in the latest version, but AutoRate uses play count, skip count, last time played and a decay to rate your songs (I haven’t checked the algorithm itself, even being an open source project.)

Anyway, the list:

  • 009 Sound System – Dreamscape Long Edit (Annex Trax, Vol I)
  • Alanis Morissette – Thank You (Alanis Morissete: The Collection)
  • Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass (Diva)
  • Arena – Tears in the Rain (The Visitor)
  • Avanatsia – Lost in Space (Lost in Space Part 2 – Avantasia)
  • Avantasia – Farewell (The Metal Opera)
  • Avantasia – I Don’t Believe in Your Love (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – Lost in Space (Lost in Space Part 1 – Avantasia)
  • Avantasia – Lost in Space (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – Sign of the Cross (The Metal Opera)
  • Avantasia – The Looking Glass (The Metal Opera, Part II)
  • Avantasia – The Scarecrow (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – The Story Ain’t Over (Lost in Space Part 1 – Avantasia)
  • Ayreon – Act III “Visual Echos” (The Final Experiment)
  • Ayreon – Computer Eyes (Actual Fantasy)
  • Ayreon – Connect the Dots (01011001)
  • Ayreon – Day Five: Voices (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Day One: Vigil (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Day Seven: Hope (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Temple of the Cat (Universaion Migration, Part I)
  • Ayreon – Tower of Hope (Into the Electric Castle (disc 2))
  • Ayreon vs Avantasia – Elected (Elected EP)
  • Carol Woods & Timoty T. Mitchel – Let It Be (Across the Universe)
  • CCP: Jon Hallur – Akat Montains
  • CCP: Jon Hallur – Retribution
  • Cohed & Cambria – Welcome Home (Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV)
  • Conjure One – Dying Light feat. Joanna Stevens (Extraordinary Ways)
  • Conjure One – Sleep feat. Maire Claude D’Ubaldo (Conjure One)
  • Crowded House – Fall at Your Feet (Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House)
  • Cyndi Lauper – All Through the Night With Shaggy (The Body Acoustic)
  • Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time (She’s So Unusual)
  • Daft Punk – Burning / Too Long (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Discovery)
  • Daft Punk – Human / Together / One More Time (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Prime Time of Your Life / Brainwasher (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Television Rules the Nation / Crescendolls (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Too Long / Steam Machine (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Touch It / Technologic (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Def Leppard – Animal (Hysteria)
  • Def Leppard – Go (Songs from the Sparkle Lounge)
  • Def Leppard – Heaven Is (Adrenalize)
  • Def Leppard – Promises (Promises)
  • Def Leppard – Stand Up [Kick Love Into Motion] (Adrenalize)
  • Def Leppard – Thorn To Shreds (X)
  • Def Leppard – Tomorrow (Song from the Sparkle Lounge)
  • Def Leppard – YOu’re So Beautiful (X)
  • Edguy – King of Fools (King of Fools)
  • Edguy – Matrix (Rocket Ride)
  • Edguy – Navigator (Hellfire Club)
  • Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
  • Garry Schyman – Praan (Praan)
  • General Public – Tenderness (On the Charts: I.R.S. Records)
  • George Harrison – I got My Mind Set On Your (12 Arnold Grove)
  • Information Society – Ozar Midrashim (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Information Society – Peave & Love, Inc (Peace and Love, Inc)
  • Information Society – Seek300 2.1 (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Information Society – Synthesizer (Synthesizer)
  • Information Society – The Seeds of Pain (Synthesizer)
  • Information Society – To Be Free (Peace and Love, Inc)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – Cut Off Your Head (The’re Everywhere!)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – No Better Than You (The’re Everywhere!)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – The Ballad of Barry Allen (They’re Everywhere!)
  • LazyTown – You’re A Pirate
  • Men At Work – Down Under (The Best of Men at Work: Contraband)
  • Michael Schenker Group – Diggin’ Hard (Sltlife Reveries)
  • Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning (Diesel and Dust)
  • Monty Python – Comfy Chair (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Constitutional Peasant (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Election Special (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Interlude 2 (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Interlude (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – I’ve Got Two Legs (Monty Python Sings)
  • Monty Python – Parrot [Oh, Not Again] (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – The Knights of the Round Table (Monty Python Sings)
  • Parn – Gradius Perfect Selection (OC Remix)
  • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins: Hits)
  • Pink Floyd – Coming Back to Life (The Division Bell)
  • Pink Floyd – Goodbye Cruel World (The Wall, disc, 1)
  • Pink Floyd – High Hopes (Pulse, disc 1)
  • Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly (Pulse, disc 1)
  • Pink Floyd – On The Run (Pulse, disc 2)
  • Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away (A Momentary Laps of Reason)
  • Rush – Afterimage (Grace Under Pressure)
  • Rush – Bravado (Roll the Bones)
  • Rush – Hope (Snakes & Arrows)
  • Rush – Limelight (Moving Pictures)
  • Rush – Resist (Test for Echo)
  • Rush – Roll the Bones (Roll the Bones)
  • Rush – Sweet Miracle (Vapor Trails)
  • Rush – Time Stand Still (Hold Your Fire)
  • Spock’s Beard – The Good Don’t Last [Radio Edit] (The Kindness of Strangers)
  • Tenacious D – Beelzeboss [The Final Showdown] (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Classico (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Destiny (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Kickapoo (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – POD (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • The Galvatrons – When We Were Kids (When We Were Kids – EP)
  • TISM – Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me (The White Album)
  • Yes – Amazing Grace (YesYears)
  • Yes – Arriving UFO (Tomato [Remastered – 2004])
  • Yes – I Would Have Waited Forever (Union)
  • Yes – Love Will Find a Way (YesYears)
  • Yes – Saving My Heart (Union)