Conclusion: Even though it sticks to convention when a different approach might have made for a far more interesting film, 'Rush' manages to be entertaining largely due to the performances by Brühl and Hemsworth, who keep the characters of Lauda and Hunt interesting, even when they're not exactly likable.
Excerpt: In the 1970s the rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda was apparently very famous. I don't know this from any research or knowledge whatsoever of Formula One as a sport, but from Ron Howard's Rush , which is one of those seemingly miraculous sports movies with the power to engage you in something you never in a million years dreamed you'd care about.
Excerpt: Before Rush , I didn�t recognise the names James Hunt or Niki Lauda. I possess no interest in Formula One and don�t own a driver�s license. Yet, the racing scenes in the second half of Rush are truly thrilling and had my heart, er, racing. James Hunt ( Chris Hemsworth ) is a dashing rock star who uses celebrity status and luscious locks to sleep with attractive strangers on planes. Niki Lauda ( Daniel Br�hl ), however, is moody, insecure and awkwardly gruff.
Excerpt: August Rush (Freddie Highmore) was separated from his parents and now, he lives in an orphanage where is he pushed around and bullied. As bad as things can get there, he is able to find an escape through music, even if there is no traditional music to be heard. August can find music anywhere, from leaves rustling to the wind blowing, whatever happens around him, he is able to build music from the sounds.
Conclusion: 'August Rush' is a kind-hearted, well-meaning little weepy, but dang if it isn't too precious for its own good. However, fans of movies like 'Music of the Heart' and (the far superior) 'Once' might still be inclined to check it out. As a Blu-ray release this is a mixed bag, with solid video and audio offset by a very weak supplements package. For all but the biggest music lovers, 'August Rush' is a rental at best.
Excerpt: August Rush is one of those rare movies that made me dislike it, then won be back over before the end credits roll. It’s not common to see a movie accomplish that roller-coaster ride that turns me away from the picture and then picks me back up, but somehow the story manages it and left me a giddy, sappy mess by the end. The odd title of the movie comes from the lead character: a young orphan who sneaks away from the orphanage to find his real parents.
Excerpt: August Rush is schmaltzy and borderline insufferable even before Robin Williams appears with long sideburns, leather pants, and a cowboy hat, playing a music-world Fagin. (Or as Williams might quip, "More like Fagala! Why, Oliver Twist, you look fabulous! Who designed your outfit? Then you got the black guy with the gold chain going, 'Yo homey, these orphans be tripping, fool!
Conclusion: This movie has so many positives going for it, from its uplifting message to its feel-good nature, excellent acting, mesmerizing music, and fantastic pace and direction, that its no wonder it's one of my favorite movies of 2007. While some may cringe at the sentimentality, laugh at the predictability, or refuse to accept the mystical elements of the film, those that choose to take the film at face value and see it for what it is -- a story of hope, of inspiration, or...
Excerpt: We zullen het zonder omwegen zeggen, vooral omdat het hier gaat over een film waarin de helden zich onderscheiden in snelheid en op diverse trajecten: Rush was een pure bom in de cinema, met overweldigend en oorverdovend motorgeweld… Natuurlijk is de huiskamerversie iets minder spectaculair (tenzij u over een reusachtige tv of projector beschikt).
Conclusion: 1970-luvulla James Hunt ( Chris Hemsworth ) ja Niki Lauda ( Daniel Brühl ) olivat ylivoimaisia kuskeja formulapiireissä. Miesten kovasti toisistaan poikkeava lähestyminen rakastamaansa autourheilua kohtaan, sekä vahva voitontahto ajoi heidät kamppailemaan myös ratojen ulkopuolella eikä selkkauksilta voitu välttyä.