My critics will say I'm supposed to know these things in advance. But I don't. To be more fair to movies and to do a better job critiquing them, I rarely know much about a movie before I go to a screening. So it would have helped with this one if director Ron Howard would have let us know at the beginning that Rush is based on a true story.
It certainly would have made an often-dull movie at least a little more interesting.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Bruhl star as 1970s Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Most of the focus is 1976, when Lauda and Hunt fought for the title of the world's best racer.
Each man has an ego the size of, and as dangerous as, one of the long tracks they zip around at near supersonic speeds. Both are shallow in deep ways. The only real sizzle from the film comes from the few times the two men share a scene. Their interaction is interesting. Bruhl is especially interesting and brilliant in the role.
Ironically, the topic is fast, but Howard's movie doesn't get off the starting line that well. You get shots of engines roaring, fast edits and quick clips of cars in various spots in a race and not much else. Other than the last half-hour, this one has zip for tension, action or interest.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated R for mature themes, language, sex, nudity. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.