WHAT MAKES A DRIVER

Rush2013RUSH (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Still having F1 fever? Then this is the movie you should watch.

James Hunt: The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.

This is the story of the rivalry/friendship (blurry lines between these two, if you ask me) between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.

Cue 70s hair! Hunt is more charismatic and knows his way amongst women (hello, Natalie Dormer!) while Lauda is more keen on the sport and improving his car to become a better driver. Their personal lives are also interesting to watch especially when you see how different Hunt and Lauda approach women.

Back then, F1 racing can be fatal and I guess it makes it more thrilling to watch. It’s even astonishing to see Lauda back in the race after suffering third-degree burns six weeks later. The movie climaxes at the 1976 Japan race where race conditions are not optimal and it tests the lengths these men would go to win the championship. Personally, it was a good watch and those engines really revved me up.

Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

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