Death is something that happens to other people in this first trailer for Formula 1 biopic RUSH

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Thanks to some marvel-ous godly intervention, walking Pantene ad Chris Hemsworth’s rise to superstardom certainly happened pretty fast. However, he’s about to go faster. Much much faster. This is thanks to Rush, the new film from director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) and writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, Hereafter), which takes an in-depth look at one of Formula 1’s greatest rivalries. And if this first trailer is any indication, this film is going to be quite a… well, what else… a rush.

After a catastrophic crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring that could have killed him, Formula One driver Niki Lauda (Brühl) returns to face his rival James Hunt (Hemsworth) in their pursuit of the 1976 World Championship at Fuji in Japan.

Despite his immense popularity at this point of his career, Hemsworth hasn’t really had anything this meaty yet to sink his his thespian teeth into. He and Bruhl appear to be playing off each other quite well, and this would be the perfect time to prove that he’s more than just godly pectorals and a winning smile.

With that I in mind though, Howard and Morgan seems to be treating this as equal parts dramatic biopic and explosive blockbuster. You see snatches of fiery action shots coupled with impossibly beautiful snaps of nature and machine. It’s like Terence Mallick by way of Michael Bay.

Now yes, admittedly, this is all just a trailer; a format that those whizkids in Hollywood regularly manipulate with such skill that it convinced me to see a Tyler Perry movie where he tried to convince us he was not an angry black woman. That movie ended up as an epic crash ‘n burn, but I have a strong suspicion that both the crashes and burns and everything in between in Rush will be a infinitely better.

Rush takes its place on the cinematic grid on September 20, 2013.

Last Updated: April 9, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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